An American man has been formally charged with murdering his two young children with a spear fishing gun.
Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, is accused of killing his two-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter in Mexico on August 7.
Because the murder of the two toddlers who were US nationals took place abroad, Coleman has been charged with two counts of foreign first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted, LadBible reports.
According to the Guardian, Coleman, a surfing school owner from California, confessed to authorities that he used a ‘spear fishing gun’ to kill his kids, before allegedly dumping their bodies at a ranch in Rosarito in Mexico.
An FBI agent said that the 40-year-old considered himself “enlightened by QAnon and illuminati conspiracy theories”, and genuinely believed “his children were going to grow into monsters, so he had to kill them”.
The agent added that Coleman also told investigators “he was receiving visions and signs revealing that his wife possessed serpent DNA and had passed it on to his children”.
According to ABC News, the ‘serpent blood’ idea is likely linked to the QAnon concept that ‘lizard people’ secretly run the world and have taken over important positions in government, banking and Hollywood.
According to an affidavit submitted to the FBI, Coleman knew what he was doing was wrong, but it “was the only course of action to save the world”.
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Coleman’s wife said she and her husband hadn’t had any issues in their family life prior to the children’s death.
She added that they didn’t have an argument before he took the kids without saying where he was going.
A missing person’s report was issued the following day, August 8, and police were able to track his movements thanks to Find My iPhone, which tracked him travelling from Rosarito in Mexico, towards the US border near San Diego.
Acting US Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement: "There are no words to describe the profound grief that envelops an entire community when a child is murdered.
“The Department of Justice is determined to achieve justice for these victims and their loved ones."
Kristi K. Johnson, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, added: "The murder of a child is difficult to understand under any circumstances.
"I'm proud of the quick investigative efforts by FBI Agents, the Santa Barbara Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and our Mexican counterparts which led to the arrest of Mr. Coleman as he entered the United States, and I look forward to delivering justice for the young victims and their family."
He will appear United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles later today, September 9.
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