On Thursday, 36-year Jason Saldivar, was freed from a federal prison in Beaumont, Texas. While he was incarcerated, his four kids were killed during Hurricane Harvey.
A day that many would expect to be his happiest, was actually not for him. Saldivar did not have his four kids to welcome him back home. They died in a van, along with their great grandparents.
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The Story of Jason Saldivar & His 4 Kids Killed During Hurricane Harvey
Upon his arrest, Saldivar left four children at home waiting for his return:
- Devy Saldivar, 16
- Dominic Saldivar, 15
- Xavier Saldivar, 8
- Daisey Saldivar, 6
But, unfortunately, they all drowned on August, 27 in a van. The horrible incident occurred in Greens Bayou, and area of Houston, TX. Their deaths were the result of the Hurricane Harvey tropical storm.
Saldivar had been serving his term in a Beaumont prison when the storm hit. He served a sentence of up a six month prisons. He personally confirmed the story of his release via a recent brief call from the prison, when he discussed the fact that his kids were all killed during Hurricane Harvey.
Reason for Jason Saldivar’s Imprisonment
The imprisonment is said to have been caused by his violation of a parole. Saldivar was charged twice in the year 2010.
According to a United States Federal Court ruling, Saldivar was charged with a drug trafficking-related case.
He allegedly intended to distribute not less than 220-pounds of marijuana, according to the court.
Saldivar Told About Death of His Kids Killed During Hurricane Harvey
Saldivar was first briefed of the sudden death of his kids on Aug. 29. The discovery came after a fellow inmate allowed him to use some prepaid phone minutes. He made a call home aiming to talk to his family, of course including the children.
The former inmate said that he was shocked so much that he could not believe it. In fact, he reportedly thought that it was just a cruel joke. When he saw the kids being aired on the television in prison, he still could not believe they were all gone.
Jason Saldivar recalls having said that those children on TV are not his. He denied it, telling himself that they had to be somebody else’s kids.
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His four children are not the only ones who were killed in the horrible accident. The kid’s great grandparents also lost their lives:
- Belia Saldivar, 81
- Manuel Saldivar, 84
The elderly couple was also present in the van, at the time of the fatal tragedy. According to reports, the family was attempting to escape the rising flood water in Houston. Family members who survived reported that family member Sammy Saldivar was the alleged driver of the van.
Luckily Sammy managed to escape the life threatening encounter. However, he feels guilty, thinking that he could have prevented the deaths of the family elders and children killed during Hurricane Harvey.
This van that was holding 6-family members when it became submerged four feet of water during the tropical storm.
The perishing of the six members of Saldivar Family was among the first outcomes from Harvey to attract the national headlines.
Hurricane Harvey Create Horrid Conditions in Beaumont Federal Prison
Meanwhile, Beaumont Federal Prison which had been detaining Saldivar, has been facing negative talk. There have been several rumors of:
- Mistreatment of inmates
- Poor living conditions caused by Hurricane Harvey
Blanca, the mom to the deceased children, is also grief-stricken about the deaths of her four kids.
Just imagine… Had another inmate not let Jason Saldivar use his phone card, this man would have come home from jail having no idea his 4 kids were dead.
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