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The tragic details of the Colorado family’s murder-suicide

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Christopher Watts and his wife, Shanann, had two daughters.

Watts, 33, a Frederick, Colorado, oil engineer, was accused of killing his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two daughters — Celeste, 4, and Bella, 3 — on Aug. 13 in Frederick, a community about 50 miles north of Denver. An affidavit from the Weld County Sheriff’s Department outlining Watts’ confession was unsealed on Thursday.

Here are the details we know about the case so far:

The couple separated in March, after which Shanann moved out of the house, according to the affidavit. A second affidavit stated that Watts was unwilling to work with Shanann because he wasn’t “enthusiastic” about providing for the family.

Watts and Shanann married in North Carolina in 2012.

Three days before the killing, Shanann emailed a text message to her aunt and uncle, who live in California, asking them to contact her mother in North Carolina.

Just before midnight Aug. 13, police were called to the Watts’ home after the parents of the two girls sent messages requesting help, according to the affidavit.

There were blood stains and human tissue in the home.

During a search, police found a blood-stained sheet, a wooden planter and a ziplock bag with dried human blood inside the refrigerator.

Multiple pairs of children’s pajamas and diaper bags were found at the house.

The bodies were found with gas cans in the tub of the master bathroom.

The mother’s purse and makeup were found in the master bedroom.

A teddy bear bearing a seashell “memorabilia” sticker and a pair of a black gladiator sandals were found in the master bedroom, according to the affidavit.

Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams said at a news conference on Tuesday that all signs pointed to a murder-suicide.

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