Stepmother, Father Accused of Torturing, Killing Kids
Remains believed to be Natalie and Chase DeBlase found
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2010 10:06 AM CST
In this undated photo provided by Richard DeBlase, Natalie, left, and Chase DeBlase are shown.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – An Alabama man and his common-law wife are accused of torturing his two children, who were then murdered and dumped earlier this year. Authorities believe remains discovered last week and over the weekend belong to Natalie DeBlase, who would have been 5 in November, and her brother Chase, 3. Their stepmother, Heather Leavell-Keaton, is accused of binding the children with duct tape and stuffing socks in their mouths. She allegedly kept Natalie in a suitcase for 14 hours, and strapped a broom handle to Chase's back, forcing him to stand up all night.

Their father, John DeBlase, is charged with murder. He admitted to dumping Natalie in March and Chase in June, but an investigation wasn't opened until last month, when Leavell-Keaton filed for a protective order against DeBlase and said that he may have killed his children. Leavell-Keaton, who has been charged only with child abuse at this point, was extradited from Kentucky and booked into jail today, the AP reports. DeBlase accuses her of killing the children, while she blames him; police have said she is also responsible in the killings. The couple had a child together this summer. Click for more background on the DeBlase murders.

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Feb 18, 2011 12:03 PM CST
well the way i see it is they're both liars and they both need to fry...
Dec 13, 2010 5:09 PM CST
Time to torture and kill the so called parents.
Dec 13, 2010 4:47 PM CST
I just want to point out again that a child is far and way more likely to be killed ,molested,tortured by there own parents then some mystical stranger . story after story i see that kids are being killed by there parents. criminal statistics tell us that on average 30 to 50 kids are abducted very few are killed by strangers in this country, but on average 1500 kids are killed every year by there own parents!! if you dont belive me look it up yourself check out all the story's on here