A dad is suspected to have killed his two children, set fire to a car with their bodies inside and then turned the gun on himself.
The bodies of Ajit Singh Birring, 4, and Mehar Kaur Birring, 3, were found in the back seat of a burning car in Texas' Cooke County on Sunday.
Not far from the crime their father Mandeep Singh, 37, was discovered the following day fatally shot in a wooded area.
One of the children was in a car seat and the other nearby in the back seat.
Cooke County Sheriff Terry Gilbert said "no motive" had yet been established but confirmed that a case of murder-suicide was considered likely.
Singh, of Fort Worth, is suspected of killing his son and daughter following on from a bitter divorce from Narinder Pal Kaur.
According to Fort Worth police reports the bloody deaths form a tragic end to a long drama for Singh and Kaur, which included an assault, parenting classes, a dispute over the children's health insurance and a custody battle.
The ex-wife of the dead man recently obtained a restraining order against him, ordering that he only contact her for matters relating to the children.
Police were first made aware of the deaths when they were called to a vehicle set ablaze in the middle of a rural road.
Muenster volunteer firefighters were first to the scene where they found the remains of the children and a largely destroyed vehicle.
Justice of the Peace Carroll Johnson told the Star Telegraph : “It’s ranch land and very few people live out that way.
“So it took some time before anyone even called in the fire.”
When Cooke County deputies and Texas Rangers joined fire fighters at the scene they quickly determined the fire was started deliberately before issuing a warrant for Singh's arrest on capital murder charges.
They warned the public he could be armed and dangerous.
He was found the following day at 12.30pm in a creek bed covered by trees and bushes.
Singh's first known brush with the law came in October 2016 when his 38-year-old wife reported that he had assaulted her.
He served a 15 month probation sentence for the charge.
In July 2017 Kaur filed for divorce, nine years after they married and nine months after they stopped living together.
After a lengthy custody battle Singh was allowed to take his children to New York last summer on the proviso that he provided a phone number to his wife.
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