A 35-year-old Kansas father accused of carting his spouse’s stays round for days in a conveyable cooler allegedly took photos of his two younger daughters with their mom’s physique earlier than dismembering her in entrance of the youngsters.
An arrest warrant and charging paperwork launched Wednesday supplied further particulars concerning the days previous Justin Rey’s Oct. 24 arrest. Rey, already dealing with two counts every of aggravated youngster endangerment and contributing to a baby’s misconduct or deprivation, was moreover charged this week with abandonment of a corpse and youngster endangerment.
Rey has not but entered pleas to the fees and his lawyer, Courtney Henderson, was not instantly obtainable for remark.
The court docket paperwork allege Rey, his pregnant spouse, Jessica, and their 2-year-old daughter checked right into a Kansas City, Missouri, resort on Sept. 25. On Oct. 20, Rey allegedly instructed police she gave delivery within the resort room’s bathtub earlier than dying.
The paperwork allege that in a single badertion to police, Rey stated his spouse had dedicated suicide after giving delivery. But in different statements, he allegedly simply stated that she died throughout childbirth.
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Following her demise, Rey allegedly positioned Jessica’s physique on the mattress and took photos of himself and the youngsters along with her physique. Rey, the new child and the toddler allegedly stayed within the room along with her corpse for 2 extra days earlier than he moved her again to the tub.
With his youngsters current, Rey allegedly dismembered his spouse, inserting the physique elements in a big cooler. Those that didn’t match, he disposed of, he allegedly instructed police.
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Rey allegedly known as the resort’s entrance desk on Oct. 23 and impersonated a feminine to take a look at of the room, the paperwork state.
The paperwork state investigators found resort surveillance video that reveals Rey leaving with the youngsters and pulling a big cooler behind him with a black bag on high of it. The subsequent evening, the paperwork allege Rey and the women slept in a Lenexa, Kansas, storage unit, together with the cooler.
According to the paperwork, Rey patronized a restaurant and bar on Oct. 24, the place he met a person and his spouse. The couple agreed to drive Rey to the storage unit earlier than taking him to a prepare station so he might depart city. He retrieved the cooler, and as he dragged it outdoors, the paperwork allege the husband observed brown liquid leaking from it.
Rey was detained by Lenexa police after staff of the storage facility known as 911 after turning into involved for his two youngsters.
Responding officers, noticing the toddler, requested Rey the place his spouse was. He allegedly instructed them a part of her was within the cooler and the remainder of her was in a tote bag, in keeping with the paperwork.
Investigators haven’t disclosed the official explanation for Jessica Rey’s demise. Rey’s youngsters have been positioned in protecting custody, in keeping with the paperwork.