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Colorado man accused of murder of a family was that affair, claims woman strangled children, an arrest affidavit says

Christopher Watt, 33, was charged earlier Monday with nine felony counts, including three first-degree murder charges in the death of his wife, Shanann, 34, and two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.

(Weld County Sheriff’s Office)

The Colorado man accused of killing his wife and two daughters, was active in a relationship — and that his wife strangled the girls shortly after he asked for a divorce, according to a bomb arrest affidavit released Monday.

Christopher Watt, 33, was charged earlier Monday with nine felony counts, including three first-degree murder charges in the death of his wife, Shanann, 34, and two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.

COLORADO MAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE MURDERS IN THE DEATH OF THE PREGNANT WOMAN, DAUGHTERS

The Welding of the District Attorney’s Office also charged Watts with two counts of murdering a child, one count of the unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

A warrantless arrest affidavit issued Aug. 15 states, Watt was actively involved in a relationship with a colleague outside his marriage with Shanann, which the investigators said that he initially refused.

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Colorado man who is accused of murder of the pregnant woman, daughters

According to the affidavit, Aug. 13, the day Shanann was missing, she was dropped off at the couple Frederik house around 2 a.m. Watts said around 5 o’clock in the morning he told Shanann he wanted a divorce and they were both “emotionally.” He told the police that he went to work around 5:30 a.m. and went on with his day.

In subsequent interviews with police, however, Watts changed his story. He claimed that he went downstairs after telling his wife he wanted a divorce and returned to find a grisly scene play out on the couple the baby monitor: “Bella sprawled out on her bed, and blue and Shanann actively strangling Celeste.”

At that time, Watts said he “went into a rage” and strangled his wife to death, the affidavit states. He told the police that he then the bodies of his wife and two daughters in his work truck and took them to an oil site.

A photo of Shanann Watts and her daughters, Bella, 4, left, and Celeste, 3, is displayed on a makeshift memorial in Frederick, Colorado on Thursday.

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

Watt said he buried Shanann the body in the vicinity of two oil tanks and dumped Bella and Celeste bodies within the oil tanks, according to the affidavit. He identified the three separate locations of their body to the authorities.

The officials have information about a possible motive in the alleged murders.

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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