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Weisheit appears in court Tuesday morning

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VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) - The suspect in the fire deaths of two children is under suicide watch Monday night at the Vanderburgh County Jail.

Jeffrey Weisheit, 34, waived extradition Monday morning in an Ohio court appearance, and was booked at the jail around 7:00 Monday night.

Weisheit is a suspect in the deaths of his fiancée's two children, ages 5 and 8.

While Weisheit is at the jail, many are still trying to comprehend what happened.

The image of young Alyssa and Caleb Lynch will forever be in the minds of many here at home.

"There was nothing that we could do to save these kids," German Township Fire Department Chief John Buckman said.

German Township firefighters saw a home fully engulfed in flames when they arrived on Fischer Road Saturday morning.

It's what was found once those flames were put out that the chief said no one should ever have to see.

"It's just horrific to see what remains," Chief Buckman said.

An affidavit spells out the almost unbelievable details.

The bodies of two young children were found along with two flares apparently placed under the body.

Firefighters also report finding duct tape that they said could have been used to tie down Alyssa and Caleb.

It was shortly after that fire that investigators say Weisheit left town.

Authorities were able to locate him in Boone County, Kentucky by using his car's OnStar system.

After a chase, police said he finally jumped out of his car, charged at them with a knife and yelled 'Shoot me'.

Authorities eventually tazed Weisheit.

He was later taken to University Hospital for treatment.

Weisheit now faces two murder charges and one arson charge in Vanderburgh County.

His case could be eligible for the death penalty.

He is also facing other charges for that police chase in Kentucky.

Investigators said Weisheit admitted to setting that fire.

Weisheit appeared in circuit court Tuesday morning.

The court appointed him an attorney.

Weisheit faces a maximum of 65 years for each of his two counts of murder.

He also faces a maximum of 50 years on the arson charge.

He's scheduled to appear in court again on April 27th at 9 a.m.

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