A heartbroken dad says he ‘failed’ to protect his two young children after his wife allegedly stabbed them to death at their home.
Brandi Worley killed her seven-year-old son, Tyler, and three-year-old daughter, Charlee, just a day after her spouse, Jason, filed for divorce, police say.
The 30-year-old, who had feared losing her children to her husband, also stabbed herself before calling the emergency services, it is claimed.
She allegedly told the dispatcher: “I just stabbed myself and killed my two children.”
Jason was asleep in the basement of the house in Indiana, US, at the time of the alleged double murder in the early hours of November 17, it is reported.
He has since taken to social media to express his grief at his children’s deaths, which occurred just hours after he filed for divorce from Brandi.
In a series of Reddit posts , a man purporting to be Jason reveals how he feels he has ‘failed’ in his ‘job’ as a father to protect Tyler and Charlee.
He also describes his heart-wrenching return to the home in Darlington earlier this week, during which he believes he smelled ‘blood’ in his daughter’s bedroom.
In a post on Thursday, he writes: “Today has been hard, I went back to the house for the first time. The cleaning company has already come and gone.
“I don’t know if it is all in my head or not but I swear I could smell blood when I went in Charlee’s room. It was heart wrenching to be hastily grabbing the remnants of my life and throwing them in the back of a van. I just couldn’t be in the house any longer.”
In a post a day earlier, he had claimed that his wife had suggested that he sleep on the sofa instead of an air mattress in the basement.
Video: Sheriff speaks at press conference shortly after ‘double homicide’
He wrote: “I just can’t help but wonder that if I had slept on the couch like she had suggested instead of an air mattress in the basement then maybe I could have saved my children or at the very least died with them.
“A father has one job in this world, to protect his children, and I failed to do that.”
Jason, 30, who apparently uses the Reddit handle ‘JasonInHell’, had taken to the social network last month to ask for relationship advice.
He had claimed that he had caught Brandi cheating on him more than a year earlier, but had stayed with her ‘for the sake of the children’.
The dad-of-two had told users: “I haven’t been able to get it off of my mind since.”
Mirror Online is unable to independently verify the cheating claims, nor ‘JasonInHell’s’ identity.
Following the post, Jason had received an array of responses from users, with some advising him to contact a counsellor or a divorce lawyer.
A couple of weeks later, he filed for divorce. In the early hours of the next morning, Brandi allegedly killed Tyler and Charlee and injured herself.
She then called 9.11 at 4.35am and confessed to the crime, said Montgomery County Sheriff Mark Casteel, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier .
“I can’t imagine the pain or the grief that these families are feeling,” Sheriff Casteel told reporters. “Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.”
Tyler and Charlee were already dead when deputies arrived at the house in South Madison Street, while Brandi had suffered injuries to her neck.
The mum-of-two, who was apparently found sitting on her sofa by officers, was treated at an Indianapolis hospital for her wounds.
She has since been charged with two counts of murder, RTV6 reports.
It is understood that her two children were stabbed in the neck.
Following the alleged double killing, Brandi told officers that her husband had filed for divorce and she ‘did not want him taking’ the kids, court documents state.
She allegedly said: “I just wanted to die with them,” according to the documents.
Jason, who had been married to his wife since August 2009, took to Reddit earlier this week to thank other users for their advice and support.
A post by the user purporting to be him read: “I would like to give a heartfelt and sincere thank you for the advice and support I have received here.
“No one could have foreseen the tragedy that resulted from me filing for divorce.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Jason and cover his children’s funeral expenses. More than $14,000 has so far been raised of the $20,000 goal.
Brandi remains in police custody.