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Court documents: Cadenbach was abusive, threatening hours before killing sons

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(Credit: St. Louis County Police Department). Christopher Cadenbach (Credit: St. Louis County Police Department). Christopher Cadenbach

ST. LOUIS ( – Hours before killing his two children, Christopher J. Cadenbach made threats and assaulted his estranged wife, according to court documents.

Court documents obtained by News 4 say that Cadenbach assaulted his wife Thursday night and choked her until she passed out twice, in an attempt to kill her. 

"When she had came to he was standing over her and was making comments to her 'you should be dead, you must have an angel on your shoulder," said Washington Police Department Detective Sergeant Steve Sitze.  

The documents state Cadenbach was abusive and made verbal threats to his estranged wife starting the Thursday night before the AMBER Alert was issued. Cadenbach then reportedly would not let his estranged wife out of his presence and forced her to spend Friday with him. The children were reportedly taken to Cadenbach’s mother house to spend the night Friday.

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After being freed by Cadenbach, the estranged wife said she was in fear he would kill her, according to court documents.

On Saturday police obtained a warrant for Cadenbach's arrest on a charge of domestic assault. They say when they went to arrest him at his father's house in Leslie, where he'd been staying, Cadenbach's Jeep was found hidden under a tarp and a red pickup was missing.

Saturday afternoon, Cadenbach reportedly met with his mother, Diane, and his two boys at a park. Washington Police say they had called her several times to check on the safety of the boys but at no time did she give them any indication Cadenbach was with her.

If she did, Sitze said St. Louis County Police officers could have been alerted.

"We could maybe have intercepted him there," said Sitze.

While at the park, he told his mother that he “wasn’t going to be taken alive” and wanted a “suicide by cop,” St. Louis County officials said. Cadenbach left the park with his mother’s car and the children.

Cadenbach’s mother then called police, who issued the AMBER Alert.

Saturday night, police said Ethan and Owen were fatally shot by their father. Cadenbach also died of a gunshot wound, but police said they were unsure if he was killed by his own gun or police fire.

A Gofundme account is set up for the funeral of Ethan and Owen. 

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