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Warrants Depict Bizarre Tortures, Then Death for DeBlase Children 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MOBILE, Ala.) -- Arrest warrants describe the horrific abuse two young children allegedly suffered at the hands of their father and his girlfriend, including stuffing one of the children into a suitcase for 14 hours, before the children were allegedly killed by their dad.

As the grim details surrounding the children's death surface, police have announced they believe they found the remains of three-year-old Chase DeBlase, allegedly dumped in the Mississippi woods by his father, John DeBlase, in March.

Police are also scouring woods in rural Alabama for the body of five-year-old Natalie DeBlase, who police allege was killed and discarded by her father in June.

The arrest warrant details bizarre punishments allegedly devised for the children. It charges DeBlase with allowing his girlfriend, Heather Leavell-Keaton, to create a night-long torture for Chase while the parents went to bed.

"Allowing Heather Leavell-Keaton (his girlfriend) to duck-tape the childs hands to the side of his legs, tape a broom handle to his back, placing a sock in his mouth and duck-taping it to his mouth, then making the child stand in a corner all night when they went to bed," the warrant says.

Police have not yet given a cause of death for Chase or Natalie, although they believe the abuse played a major factor.

"We have not determined cause of death," Assistant District Attorney Joe Beth Murphree told ABC News. "Remains found yesterday and the medical examiner is looking at remains at this time. Even if exact cause cannot be determine we believe homicide can still be proved."

According to police, Natalie was not spared the monstrous abuse doled out by DeBlase and Leavell-Keaton, his girlfriend since 2008.

A separate arrest warrant outlines that DeBlase allegedly allowed Leavell-Keaton to duck-tape Natalie's hands and feet before stuffing her in a suitcase.

"Duck-tape the child's hands and feet, place a sock in her mouth, place her inside a black suitcase and leave it inside a closet from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.," the warrant says. 

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Police: Dad Admits Burying Missing Children in Mississippi and Alabama

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MOBILE, Ala.) -- Police are trying to find the bodies of two children whose disappearance went unnoticed for months, and now the kids' father and stepmother are blaming each other for the deaths.

Police in Mobile, Ala. say John DeBlase, 27, has admitted to burying one child this past March in Mississippi, and another in June in Alabama.

But no one realized the children had vanished until November, when stepmother Heather Leavell Keaton told police that five-year-old Natalie and three-year-old Chase DeBlase were missing. Keaton allegedly told police she feared DeBlase had killed the children.

Mobile Police Chief Michael Williams said DeBlase has not admitted to killing the children, only to burying them.

"He's given us an indication of a location where they may be, where he remembers burying the children. So the investigators will go out and they will scout those areas with a team of people, with cadaver dogs and with the teams that do that for a living," Williams said.

But police say DeBlase is blaming Leavell-Keaton for the children's deaths. Leavell-Keaton is currently in custody in Louisville, Ky., and awaiting extradition to Mobile, Louisville police told ABC News.

Police, however, say both are responsible.

"Detectives have determined that both John DeBlase and Heather Keaton are responsible for the deaths of three-year-old Jonathan DeBlase and four-year-old Natalie DeBlase, and police will continue to search for the children," Levy said.

DeBlase was arrested in Florida on Friday and charged with abuse of a corpse and aggravated assault in connection with the case police said. Leavell-Keaton was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging her with child abuse.

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