Father wanted in connection with children’s deaths arrested in Pacifica

PACIFICA – A 34-year-old Nebraska man suspected of child abuse resulting in the deaths of his two young children was arrested in Pacifica over the weekend, police said.

The children – identified as 5-year-old Emily Price and 3-year-old Theodore Price – were found dead in their father’s Bellevue home on Sunday morning, according to the Bellevue Police Department.

Adam Price, the father, was arrested in Pacifica later the same day. Bellevue police Capt. Andy Jashinske said authorities were not aware of any family or friends in the area.

Price faces two felony charges of child abuse resulting in death, the Omaha-World Herald reported. According to the charges, Price negligently caused or permitted a child to be placed in a situation resulting in the death of said child, the paper reported.

Additional details about when the children died and their cause of death were not immediately available.

Over the weekend, officers made two trips to Price’s home on the 2700 block of Alberta Avenue to check on the well-being of the children and their father, but they did not find any reason to force entry into the residence, according to Bellevue police.

A friend of the children’s mother later went to the home at her request and found the bodies, the Herald reported.

According to the paper, Price and the children’s mother, Mary Nielsen, were in the midst of divorce proceedings, and Price was under a court order to provide daily contact between Nielsen and the children during visits to the home. Nielsen told the paper she last talked to Emily and Theodore on Thursday night and was unable to reach them Friday and Saturday.

In an interview with the Herald, Nielsen said Price was “abusive, controlling and manipulative.”

“He found the ultimate way to hurt me,” she said.

Price was due in San Mateo County Superior Court on Tuesday for an extradition hearing.

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