A father was arrested by a West Virginia sheriff’s office for allegedly attempting to drown his family, according to multiple media reports.
The incident happened Wednesday morning in Chapmanville where a woman called 911 to report her husband was trying to down her and her 3-year-old and 6-year-old children, WSAZ reported. When officers arrived the wife and two children were dripping wet and the kids were crying.
A deputy at the scene said Leslie Kelly, 36, allegedly confessed to the crime, telling officers, “I know what I’ve done” and “I’m ready,” WSAZ reported.
Deputy Barry Mynes Jr. of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office said Kelly repeatedly told him he was trying to send his children to heaven. “And to me, that gave me the impression that he was just wanting to hold them under until they would go to heaven.”
Kelly told investigators he dragged his wife and children into the bathroom and held them under water in the bathtub to "baptize" them. Kelly also admitted the kids were kicking and screaming. He tried to dunk his wife first but was unsuccessful and then held her back as he tried to “baptize” the kids.
"He made remarks that God told him to do that,” Mynes told WSAZ. “I have a close relationship with Jesus Christ and there's no doubt in my mind that is false what he said."
Deputies arrested Kelly at the home and charged him with three counts each of attempted murder and domestic battery and two counts of child abuse, according to reports. He was lodged in the Southern Regional Jail under a $100,000 bond.