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Police: Indiana Man Burned Fiance's House Down With Her Children Inside

Jeffrey Weisheit (Hamilton County Jail)
Jeffrey Weisheit (Hamilton County Jail)

COVINGTON, Ind. (CBS/AP/WKRC) A southwestern Indiana man accused of burning his girlfriend's two children to death was arrested in Covington over the weekend.

Jeffrey Weisheit led police on a high-speed chase during which police say he deliberately tried to kill two police officers.

Early Saturday morning, allegedly Weisheit set fire to the home that he and his fiance shared in Northern Vanderbaugh County, Indiana, while she was at work, reports CBS affiliate WKRC.

Inside the burning home, were the fiance's two children, Alyssa, 8, and Caleb, 5.

Both children perished in the fire. The flames were so intense that it took cadaver dogs several hours to locate the children's bodies, according to WKRC.

After Weisheit allegedly set fire to his girlfriend's home, he fled the scene, say police. Deputies spotted Weisheit around 7 a.m. and attempted to stop his speeding vehicle. However, police say he swerved and deliberately tried to hit two officers, WKRC reported.

Officers were finally able to taser and subdue Weisheit who was transported to the hospital. He was treated for injuries sustained during the chase and was then sent straight to the Hamilton County jail, reports WKRC.

Weisheit is facing arson, murder, fleeing and eluding charges in both Indiana and Kentucky.