Mobile, Alabama — It isn’t clear who is telling the truth or what actually happened, but it’s obvious that both husband and wife, John DeBlase, 27, and Heather Leavell-Keaton, 22, had something to do with the deaths of DeBlase’s two children. Leavell-Keaton is not their biological mother. Prosecutors have indicated they will now file capital murder charges against Leavell-Keaton after getting new information on the same day as the gruesome testimony. They have not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty. Leavell-Keaton is already jailed on charges of aggravated child abuse and abuse of a corpse, but will have a hearing next week on the two new charges against her. DeBlase is charged with two counts of felony murder and two counts of corpse abuse in the deaths of 3-year-old Chase and 4-year-old Natalie. During a hearing last Friday, investigators testified that Leavell-Keaton told police that DeBlase used rat poison to kill his own children and then dumped their bodies in the woods of south Mississippi and Alabama. DeBlase’s statement to detectives said Natalie died on March 4th after Leavell-Keaton duct-taped her hands, feet and mouth and put her in a suitcase. DeBlase claimed he attended classes and returned about 10pm, finding Natalie still in a suitcase and dead. What kind of a piece of shit father let’s someone bind his daughter and put her in a suitcase?! Attorneys for DeBlase have said he maintains his innocence. Sure, he may not have physically been responsible for killing his kids, but he brought this woman into their lives and he allowed her to abuse them.
DeBlase claims the girl’s body was buried after he bought a shovel and drove to a rural site in Alabama with Leavell-Keaton and his son in the car. I guess killing one of his children wasn’t enough for the pair, because 3-year-old Chase died on June 20th. Leavell-Keaton areportedly got angry during potty training when the child urinated on himself. She duct-taped his hands and legs, bound a broomstick behind his back and stuffed a sock in his mouth. Being the wonderful father that he is, DeBlase left his son with Leavell-Keaton and went to bed. The boy was dead by morning. They put the body in a garbage bag and drove to Mississippi to bury it. DeBlase initially told detectives his children were kidnapped by masked men on Father’s Day, but later claimed Leavell-Keaton tortured and killed the children. Leavell-Keaton told detectives DeBlase poisoned the children. She described to detectives how each had vomited a black substance before dying. Acquaintences and neighbors recall Leavell-Keaton would shake the children and call them “evil spawn from hell”. She’d also call Natalie a “whore” and “evil brat”. People witnessed abuse, but no one seemed to report it or stop it. Leavell-Keaton and DeBlase have a 7-month-old son together.