GRAHAM, Texas (AP) — A Texas father accused of killing his two sons called 911 and confessed about 10 hours before the infant and toddler were found dead under their home, according to police documents released Friday.
Graham police started investigating Gabriel Armandariz after one of his sisters called Wednesday and reported seeing a picture from his cell phone that showed the infant hanging by the neck, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by The Associated Press.
A man called 911 later that day and confessed to killing his children, and authorities verified the call came from Armandariz's cell phone, police said.
An overnight search began after investigators determined that the photo appeared to show the infant deceased, and ended when the bodies of 2-year-old Gatlin and baby Luke were found under their home early Thursday, according to the documents. Police said Luke was 6 months old, although Armandariz's relatives said he was 8 months old.
Armandariz, 28, was charged with capital murder and remained jailed Friday on a $1.5 million bond.
Armandariz's sister told police her brother had been staying with her and other relatives because he had been involved in a custody dispute with his ex-girlfriend, the children's mother who had been living in West Texas.
Several of Armandariz's relatives gathered Friday outside the one-story house in Graham, a rural North Texas town about 75 miles northwest of Fort Worth, to place netting over a memorial of about 100 stuffed animals so gusty winds would not blow them away. Several relatives said dozens of people gathered there for a vigil Thursday night, and about two dozen candles remained along with photos of the children.