HOUSTON, TX (The Houston Chronicle) – The father accused of fatally stabbing his two young children was charged Sunday with two counts of capital murder, according to court records.
After a day on the run, Jean Pierre Ndossoka shot himself overnight before police found him – still alive – in his car in Pasadena.
He was rushed to Clear Lake Regional Hospital in stable condition with non-life-threatening wounds after authorities located him around 1 a.m., according to the Houston Police Department.
A day earlier, Ndossoka allegedly called his wife around 3:30 p.m. and told her he’d killed their kids, a 1-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. The woman called 911 and rushed over to Ndossoka’s apartment in southwest Houston.
When police showed up for a welfare check, they found both children stabbed to death, lying on the bed.
Ndossoka fled his home in the 10900 block of Fondren, and police put out a vehicle description and mounted a search.
Authorities did not immediately clarify how they located him.
The double slayings came shortly after Sabine Ntongo dropped her kids off at their father’s for visitation. The couple had been married for six years and recently separated, police said.
Ndossoka doesn’t appear to have any prior criminal history in Harris County. He’s due in court Monday morning at 9 p.m., in front of Judge Robert Johnson.
The accused killer doesn’t have an assigned attorney yet. If he’s found guilty, he could face a death sentence.
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The couple emigrated to the U.S. from the Congo several years ago, and are naturalized citizens. Patrice Nsuary is a cousin of the mother, who described Ndossoka as verbally abusive to his estranged wife.
“I came down here to talk to both of them about the marriage. In Africa, we talk to both the man and wife,” Nsuary said.