A sick dad who police killed his two kids with a spear gun because he believed they were "serpent monsters" could now face the death penalty.
Matthew Coleman, 40, has been charged with the gruesome murder of his two-year-old son and his 10-month-old daughter.
The Department of Justice said on Wednesday: "The indictment filed today charges Coleman with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of United States nationals.
"By law, the charges are eligible for the death penalty. The Attorney General will decide whether to seek the death penalty at a later date."
It was indicated on Wednesday that Coleman confessed to killing his two children in Mexico to the FBI.
Kristi K. Johnson, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, said: "The murder of a child is difficult to understand under any circumstances."
Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman added: "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."
The 40-year-old told agents that he took his son and daughter to Rosarito, Mexico, and shot them with a "spear-fishing gun" in the chest, according to FBI reports.
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The dad, of Santa Barbara, told authorities that "he believed his children were going to grow into monsters so he had to kill them," the court document said.
After being detained at the border, Coleman said "he was enlightened by QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories and was receiving visions and signs revealing that his wife, A.C., possessed serpent DNA and passed it on to his children," the affidavit said.
Coleman was arrested after his wife reported him and her children missing to Santa Barbara police last month.
Police were told by his wife that she didn't know where her family were going when he left with the children in the family van.
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But she told police she didn't feel like the children were in any sort of danger and there was no argument or aggression before he took off, according to the affidavit.
A farm worker reportedly found the bodies who had been horrifically killed by their father.
California's Attorney General Hiram Sanchez previously said that Coleman was well aware of the consequences his actions would bring
"We are talking about someone who was educated and had degrees," he said.
"It was clear to him of the consequences he could face for the actions he was taking."
According to the affidavit, Coleman confessed that he knew killing his children was wrong, but it was "the only course of action that would save the world."
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