Police: Missing Alabama siblings believed killed
December 5th, 2010
09:59 PM ET

Police: Missing Alabama siblings believed killed

Police in Mobile, Alabama, said Sunday they are "actively searching" for the bodies of two young children believed killed by their father and stepmother.

Authorities began investigating a missing persons report on Jonathan DeBlase, 3, and his older sister Natalie, 4, on November 19. However, the children have not been seen since late June, said Officer Christopher Levy, spokesman for Mobile police.

The children's father, John Joseph DeBlase, 27, was arrested Friday. He faces two counts of aggravated child abuse and two counts of abuse of a corpse, Mobile police said in a statement. Stepmother Heather Keaton was arrested earlier in Louisville, Kentucky, and faces two counts of willful abuse and neglect of a child, police said.


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  1. and what about

    they don't rest in peace ... they do every thing they can to get home to their mom wondering why she left them and what they did wrong. Aborted children don't die ... they walk with you your whole life in torment ...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 6, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. and what about


    December 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. and what about

    But some people can easily be forgotten.

    December 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. and what about

    I think metalica wrote a little diddy about just this.

    December 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Melissa

    What happened to these kids is terrible, however, I fail to see how it is a result of legal abortion??? Leave your agenda at the back door. This case has absolutely nothing to do with abortion!

    December 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. really?

    MMMMM- can't really make a comment on something as stupid as the points you are trying to make.

    December 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kim

    What does abortion got to do with the murder of two innocent children who breath develope personality laugh learned and had a part in other people lifes and now in death these poor children souls are crying out for justice. Sad that anyone would mention abortion when the case is cold blooded murder. Just a sick mind would say these things.

    December 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Abortion has everything to do with this! Children was view as a blessing and precious to behold. Now because of abortion children are considered a mistake and a burden to be rid of. This culture of death has woven into the fabric of family life and admist the relationship of husband and wife. The building blocks of society has shut it doors and womb to its very existence. You critics are so poorly formed in conscious. You reflect on nothing but yourselves and your convenience. Your outrage is hypocritical for laugh and go about your business while 50million beautiful children of the womb are murdered...because you are the murderers and condone the same. How come you don't hear the cry for justice of the unborn? The predator that consumed these 2 children is the same predator that consumes the unborn! Those who do this has much give account for Jesus reprimand all not to hinder the little children to come unto him...

      December 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shay

    My gosh this is so sick, all of these poor children lately that have been killed by parents or whatever it is so sad that people can do this, but to say abortion has everthing to do with this, are you spun? I was never able to have children and there is always an option to give kids a chance millions of people want to adopt, But the sick people and the goverment are to stupid to do anything or see what is going on, I have seen abuse called on it and they do nothing but then they take kids out of places were they are taken care of but they remove then for something stupid i will never understand the way they do things, so Mmmmmm crawl back into the cave you crawled out of, it"s people like you that is wrong with the world.

    December 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |

    Little kids aren't important only money is. One year of professional sports supports a family for generations. The United States has imported seven million muslims since the gulf wars started. Why worry about 10% unemployment. It only mean .01% of the family breadwinners are unemployed. God bless our socialist nation.

    December 9, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lisa

    It's disrespectful to use an article about these unfortunate children to further a political agenda, like personal views about abortion. Obviously, the article has nothing to do with abortion.

    Shameful that the guardians of these children did not seek other options to get "rid of" the children. They could have easily been given up to child services or other family members. Same goes for the Zahra Baker case, her mom would have gladly taken her. I just can't can't fathom why a parent would abuse, or worse, murder their child when there are options to give them up.

    December 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. meli504

    This is heartbreaking! I know first hand what it's like to be so overwhelmed as a parent that you would do anything just for a little peace n quiet. I have bipolar disorder and there were times right after giving birth that I. Just had to put the baby down in her crib shut the door and go call a helpline just to talk. There are so many resources out there that you can reach out to there's no need to go to the extreme of murdering your children. Sometimes when they're quiet or when I hold my infant daughter I look at each of them and they look back at me with such trust and so much love. I couldn't imagine ever violating that trust by hurting them or betraying them in such a way. I'm all they know. My children depend on me and I enjoy watching them grow. People who kill kids need to be wiped off the face of the earth.

    December 25, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
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