Savannah Kriger took a 21-second video before killing the three-year-old son

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar has detailed the timeline of events that led to Savannah Kriger killing her 3-year-old son Kaden and herself in March.

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Before a Texas mother killed her 3-year-old son and herself, she recorded a 21-second video while sitting near the drainage ditch where their bodies were found and sent a text message to her ex-husband saying, ” Say goodbye to your son. the police said.

Bexar County sheriff’s deputies discovered the bodies of Savannah Samantha Kriger and her son Kaiden on March 19 in a ditch near Tom Slick Park in San Antonio. At the time of the discovery, Kriger was considered the only suspect.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar confirmed during a May 1 news conference that Kriger’s cause of death was ruled a suicide and Haden’s death was ruled a homicide. The sheriff then reconstructed the timeline of events leading up to the murder-suicide.

Savannah Kriger ‘damaged several items’ at ex-husband’s home, sheriff says

According to the sheriff’s office, Kriger and Kaden were reported missing on March 18 after the 32-year-old mother last left her job early to pick up her son from daycare for a doctor’s appointment. Salazar said that on the day of her disappearance, Kriger left her parking garage around 12:49 a.m. and traveled 7.7 miles to her ex-husband’s home in her 2023 Lincoln Aviator.

When Kriger entered her ex-husband’s home, Salazar said she found “several items damaged,” including personal clothing, furniture and other items such as towels. While Kriger was at the home, her ex-husband “was at his workplace, a car dealership,” the sheriff said.

Savannah Kriger took wedding portraits, sheriff says

Kriger was scheduled to leave her ex-husband’s house and return to her home at 1:57 p.m., according to Salazar. Sheriff’s deputies who went to Kriger’s home the next day for a welfare check saw wedding dresses and two wedding portraits with bullet holes in them on a bed, Salazar said.

“We believe she fired two shots at her wedding portraits,” the sheriff said. “It should be noted that the shell casings found in the home… matched the shell casings found at the crime scene.”

Savannah Kriger sent one last text to ex-husband

After shooting the wedding portraits, Kriger left her home around 2:18 p.m. and arrived at Kaden’s daycare at 2:32 p.m., Salazar said. Surveillance footage shows Kriger taking Kaden from daycare and loading him into the rear passenger seat of the Lincoln Aviator, the sheriff added.

Kriger left the daycare at 2:46 p.m. and called her ex-husband via FaceTime. The ex-husband uses another phone to record the conversation, to which Kriger says, “You have nothing to go home to now… and at the end of the day you have nothing at all,” Salazar said.

The Lincoln Aviator then traveled 12.9 miles to Tom Slick Park, and when Kriger and Kaden arrived, her ex-husband called 911 to report “criminal mischief,” according to Salazar. Kriger tried to FaceTime her ex-husband again at 3:19 p.m., and when he didn’t respond, he sent her last text message to him that read, “Say goodbye to your son,” the sheriff said.

“It’s pretty clear what’s going to happen.”

When Kriger’s ex-husband didn’t answer another FaceTime call at 3:21 p.m., she recorded a 21-second video of her and Kaden sitting near the drainage ditch where their bodies were found, Salazar said. In the video, Kriger tells Kaden to “say goodbye to daddy,” apologizes to her son because “daddy’s not here” and then kisses him, the sheriff added.

“There is nothing graphic about the video other than the fact that we now know what we know about what happened in the moments afterward,” Salazar said. “It’s pretty clear what’s going to happen in the video.”

San Antonio police met with Kriger’s ex-husband at his home at 3:37 p.m. to take the criminal mischief report, which led authorities to conduct a botched search on March 18, Salazar said. The next day, Kriger and Kaden’s bodies were found in the park in daylight, the sheriff continued.

Savannah Kriger legally bought a gun from a friend, sheriff’s office says

A handgun was also found at the crime scene, which Salazar said Kriger legally purchased from a friend who purchased the firearm at a sporting goods store.

“It was a legal weapon,” the sheriff said. “It was hers.”

Salazar said he doesn’t think this tragedy could have been prevented because the sheriff’s office wasn’t involved in the search until around 7 p.m. He believes Kriger and Kaden had been dead for “several hours.”

“For those who are hesitant to apply for welfare, I don’t think there is any reason you would ever hesitate,” the sheriff said. “…Always call with an abundance of caution. That’s what we’re here for. We’d rather you call and it would be nothing and we find out everything is fine, rather than not calling and then spending the rest of your time to wish for the life you had called.”

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