The last moments of little Bella Watts’ life were filled with terror and confusion, as the 4-year-old girl walked in on her father disposing of her mother’s body before he turned his ire on her and her sister, an attorney for the victims’ family said.
“What are you doing with mommy?” Bella asked her father, Chris Watts, as he wrapped the body of his pregnant wife, Shan’ann Watts, in a sheet after strangling her, Steven Lambert, a lawyer for Shan’ann’s family, said during an appearance on "Dr. Phil."
In a clip of the interview, which will air Tuesday and was obtained by People, Lambert told Dr. Phil McGraw Chris killed his wife and daughters after he and Shan’ann fought over his affair.
“… [H]e essentially confessed to having an affair, that he wanted a divorce, that it was pretty much over between them,” Lambert said. “She said something to the effect of, ‘Well, you’re not going to see the kids again.’ As a consequence of that conversation, he strangled her to death.”
After killing Shan’ann, who was 15 weeks pregnant with their third child, Chris smothered Bella and Celeste, 3, and loaded their bodies into his truck. He dumped his children’s bodies into an oil tank and buried his wife nearby.
They were discovered three days later.
Chris was found to be having an affair with a co-worker and wanted a “fresh start” with that woman at the time of the murders, investigators said.
He pleaded guilty in November to all three killings. He was sentenced to serve five life sentences without the possibility of parole.