An American father has been formally indicted on charges related to the alleged murder of his two children.
Matthew Taylor Coleman is accused of killing his two-year-old boy and 10-month-old girl last month in Mexico.
He's now been charged with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of United States nationals, which makes him eligible for the death penalty if he's convicted and given the highest possible sentence.
Acting US Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement: "There are no words to describe the profound grief that envelops an entire community when a child is murdered. The Department of Justice is determined to achieve justice for these victims and their loved ones."
Kristi K. Johnson, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, added: "The murder of a child is difficult to understand under any circumstances.
"I'm proud of the quick investigative efforts by FBI Agents, the Santa Barbara Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and our Mexican counterparts which led to the arrest of Mr. Coleman as he entered the United States, and I look forward to delivering justice for the young victims and their family."
According to The Guardian, Coleman confessed to federal authorities in the US that he used a 'spear fishing gun' to kill his children, before allegedly dumping their bodies at a Rosaritoranch in Mexico.
An affidavit submitted to the FBI has revealed the motivations behind the alleged twin murders.
Coleman was reportedly 'enlightened by QAnon and illuminati conspiracy theories', and genuinely believed 'his children were going to grow into monsters so he had to kill them'.
When he was interviewed shortly after crossing back into the US, he told investigators 'he was receiving visions and signs revealing that his wife possessed serpent DNA and had passed it on to his children'.
While the exact details haven't been revealed, ABC News suggests the 'serpent blood' idea is linked to the QAnon concept that 'lizard people...secretly run the world and have taken over important positions in government, banking and Hollywood'.
According to the affidavit, Coleman explained that he knew what he was doing was wrong, however, 'it was the only course of action to save the world'.
Coleman's wife said she and her husband hadn't had any issues in their relationship or family life prior to the children's deaths.
She added that they didn't have an argument before Coleman left with the kids, but simply took them without saying where he was going.
Police were able to track the father's movements thanks to the Find My iPhone technology, which had tracked him travelling from Rosarito, Mexico, towards the US border near San Diego.
He will appear United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles later today (September 9).
Featured Image Credit: Matthew Taylor Coleman/Instagram
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