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Man confesses to murder of pregnant woman, children: reports

Chris Watts is in custody after reportedly admitting to police that he killed his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two young daughters; Jonathan Hunt reports on the horrifying case in Colorado.

Hours after an emotional Chris Watt went down in front of the TV cameras to plead for the return of his pregnant wife and two young daughters, he was charged with murdering all of them.

Watts, 33, reportedly admitted to killing 34-year-old Shanann Watts, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and daughters Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4. The disappearance of the young children and their pregnant mother from their Frederick, Colorado home led to a massive search earlier this week.

Chris Watts is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

(Weld County Jail)

Watts is being held in the Weld County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder and three charges of tampering with physical evidence. He is by the court on Thursday afternoon, FOX31 reported. It was unclear whether Watt could be faced with additional costs related to the fate of his unborn child.

Shanann Watts and her two daughters were missing Monday after Watt didn’t show up for an appointment with the doctor and had no answer on her phone. A friend called the police, who found Watts’ cell phone, wallet and keys in her home during a welfare check.

On Wednesday, as the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were brought in to help with the research, Chris Watts told reporters he was traumatized by the disappearance, and was the hope for his family’s safe return.

Breaking: Chris Watts has confessed to killing his pregnant wife, Shannan, and two children, says Shennan Watts’ brother, and a person familiar with the search. pic.twitter.com/I8N5JuAS5X

— Matt Mauro (@mattmauronews) August 16, 2018

He told The Denver Channel he wanted his wife and children back, adding that they “are alive” and their ” smiles light up my life.”

Hours later, the police conducted a search warrant in the Watts house. Investigators were seen removing bags of evidence and driving with a pick-up truck from the scene, FOX31 reported.

Now – truck with evidence markers dragged out of missing mom’s home in @TownofFrederick pic.twitter.com/1FQK7ikCyS

— Matt Mauro (@mattmauronews) August 16, 2018

The police tweeted early Thursday that Chris Watt was placed in custody. At a press conference was set for 10:30 a.m. local time.

#ShanannWattsInvestigation Update 2 of 3: Chris Watt, the man of Shanann, is placed in custody and is awaiting charges at this time. He will be held in the Weld County Jail.

— The city of Frederick (@TownofFrederick) August 16, 2018

Law enforcement officials told The Denver Channel that Chris Watts had confessed to killing his family and the police believe that they know where they can find the remains.

In his interview with The Denver Channel on Wednesday, Chris Watt said he had an “emotional conversation” with his wife the night before they left, but he didn’t want to go further on the topic or if it has developed into an argument.

Looking directly into the camera, Chris Watt said later: “Shannan, Bella, Celeste, if you’re there just come back. If someone has her, bring her back. I just need everyone. I have to see everybody again. This house is not complete without someone here. Bring her back.”

Frederick is about 30 miles north of Denver.

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