The man accused of killing his two children as they begged for their lives was released from the hospital Wednesday and sent to jail, with wounds from his suicide attempt still visible in his newly released mug shot.
Jean Pierre Ndossoka, 61, is facing two counts of capital murder in connection with the Saturday double slaying at his Houston apartment. Police picked him up early the next day in Pasadena, after he allegedly shot himself inside his car.
The killings came hours after Sabine Ntongo dropped her two children – 1-year-old Anna-Belle and 8-year-old Marcel – at their father’s house for visitation. The couple had been married for six years and recently separated, police said.
While Ntongo was at work, Ndossoka called her repeatedly, telling her she needed to come by his apartment on Fondren.
Eventually, he told her he’d killed the children and “left her a present,” according to court records.
Ntongo rushed over to the home around 3:30 p.m. and let herself in. On the bed, she found the bodies of her two children, their throats slit.
When police showed up, they allegedly found a bloody knife and a hand-written note in French near the bed, telling Ntongo she would “carry the burden” of her children’s souls.
Ndossoka had apparently fled, so authorities mounted a search. Early the next morning, officers located him in Pasadena, still alive but bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
At first he said he didn’t remember what happened, according to court records.
But under questioning at the hospital, police say he admitted he “did something bad” and claimed to have high blood pressure. First, he allegedly said he’d choked the children. Then, records show, he admitted to using a knife – and he told police his children’s last words.
“Daddy, I’m sorry,” his son said, according to court records. Meanwhile, his 1-year-old daughter cried.
Ndossoka was arrested and charged Sunday. If convicted, he could potentially face the death penalty.
He doesn’t appear to have an assigned attorney yet and is due back in court on Wednesday.
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