A Texas mother who shot her two young children and their grandmother had just lost custody of the children to their father as part of a divorce, his lawyer reveals when the victims were recently buried.
The bodies of Karina Dietering, 37, from San Antonio, her two children, Robert, 3, and Clara, 5, and her 68-year-old mother Galina Tenzeyevna Taypina were found in their apartment, according to police, on April 27.
The children’s father, Jason Dietering, was the one who discovered the tragic scene.
The father’s lawyer Charles Hardy said Diertering went to meet the mother two days earlier to get the children, after he just won their custody, WOAI reports. However, when he went to meet the mother to make the exchange, she didn’t show up.
He told KSAT: When (Karina) didn’t show up for the exchange, (Jason) frantically made phone calls. He waited for the right time and then asked for health checks. ‘
(Jason) finally got there on Sunday and again asked for a welfare check, but refused to enter the apartment. Monday morning he looked through the window and found something was wrong, “Hardy continued. “He really broke into the apartment and found the scene.”
The bodies of Karina Dietering, 37, from San Antonio, her two children, Robert (left), 3, and Clara (right), 5, and her 68-year-old mother Galina Tenzeyevna Taypina were found in their apartment in April 27, according to the police
The children’s father, Jason Dietering, had looked through a window of the house and contacted authorities. After the suicide attack, the police are seen in the apartment complex
Police, after the father approached him, went to the Sedona Ranch Apartments home.
The victims were in two bedrooms, said San Antonio police chief William McMannus.
Authorities said the mother committed suicide after shooting the children and their grandmother.
Funerals for the children were held on Saturday. The mother was also buried with the children, as their father asked, his lawyer says.
Over the course of a year, the parents were able to share custody of Robert and Clara (photo). However, the judge has given full custody of the father in Mississippi, where he lived on the recommendation of two top psychologists, the lawyer says.
“He said it wasn’t about the mother,” Hardy told KSAT. “It was about the kids.”
Hardy explained how the parents initially split up and ended up before the divorce judge.
Lawyer Charles Hardy (pictured), representing the father of the children Jason Dietering, responded to the suicide bombing and said it was “terrible.” I can’t even imagine it. I can’t even describe it. “There was no previous indication that the mother would harm the children,” he says
He said the family was originally from Mississippi and that the mother convinced the father to temporarily move her to Texas for a job that never existed. “She lived in San Antonio long enough that Texas had time to take charge of their divorce case,” says Hardy.
Over the course of a year, the parents were able to share custody of the children. However, the judge has given full custody of the father in Mississippi, where he lived on the recommendation of two top psychologists, the lawyer says.
The custody exchange was supposed to take place in Orange, Texas.
Instead, the mom didn’t show up, Hardy says. He said that the mother “killed her mother, these two wonderful children and herself, instead of following the court order.”
‘Terrible. I can’t even imagine it. I can’t even describe it, ”says Hardy, in response to his client’s suicide.
There was no previous indication that the mother would harm the children, he says.