Father Admits Killing 'Sold' Mexican Kids
Dad tells cops he couldn't afford them
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2010 1:46 AM CDT
Javier Covarrubias Gonzalez says he killed his son and daughter hours before reporting them missing.   (Mexico City Attorney General)

(Newser) – A father who first claimed his children had been kidnapped and then said he'd given them away to settle a gambling debt has confessed to murdering them both. Police found the bodies of the Mexico City man's year-old daughter and 2-year-old son wrapped in plastic bags in a park, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The 20-year-old father, who fled Mexico City when his story started unraveling and was arrested in a neighboring state, has told prosecutors that he suffocated the children because he could no longer afford to look after them, CNN reports. His initial claim that the children had been snatched from him in a street attack sparked angry protests from Mexico residents demanding police provide better security.