A Dallas dad says he loved his kids, but police say he killed them.
Naim Rasool Muhammad was arrested Monday after kidnapping two of his children - Elijah, 3, and Naim, 5 - along with their mother and then drowning the two young boys, authorities said.
The 32-year-old snatched the three as they walked to Julia C. Frazier Elementary School for the 5-year-old's first day, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Muhammad had gotten into an argument with the boys' 22-year-old mother, police said. The two have a history domestic violence and are separated, the paper reported.
He ordered them into his car, threatening them with a brick and "saying he would strike them with that," Deputy Chief Craig Miller of the Dallas Police Department told KDAF 33 News in Dallas.
The 22-year-old mother, whose name was not released, later saw a Dallas constable and jumped from the car while stopped at a red light. Muhammad then sped away.
"Get that car. Get that car. He's got my kids. He's going to kill my kids," their mother screamed as Muhammad sped away, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Several hours later a 911 call from Muhammad's mother led to his arrest.
Naimah Muhammad directed authorities to a nearby creek where Muhammad was found, according to a statement from Dallas Fire-Rescue. The bodies of the two boys, who had been drowned in the muddy water, were in his car.
The shocking find left officers shaken.
"Everyone's hurt in this case," said Miller, according to KENS 5 News. "I think officers that open up the trunk of a vehicle, the back hatch of a vehicle, and see a deceased 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, I think each one of us think about our own children, the vulnerableness of life."
Authorities said Muhammad had attempted to take his 1-year-old as well, but an unidentified relative who was watching the baby refused to let him take the baby.
When approached by a news reporter with WFAA 8 News after his arrest, Muhammad said, "I got something to say. My kids... I love 'em."