Mario Sanchez said a medical diagnosis and a manipulative ex-wife kept him in the dark about the danger.
Sanchez said he loved his son beyond words, dreamed of what he would become and considered him his best friend. Sanchez said he saw questions circulating online about his whereabouts in the days and weeks leading up to his son’s murder. He said he wanted to share his story with ABC13. He remembered Jason as a happy child who loved to dance and sing, play with his toy cars and games.
He said he did everything in his power to be with his children.
The murder of Jason Sanchez-Marks made headlines last week. Police arrested her mother, Ashley Marks, for capital murder. Prosecutors accuse him of overdosing Jason to death on cocaine, methamphetamine and NyQuil in order to cash in $ 100,000 in life insurance.
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The boy died on June 27, 2020 after enduring hallucinations, projectile vomiting and sleeplessness for days, according to a report filed with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The same report stated that Jason and his brother had both received tuberculosis medication.
Sanchez said he believes his ex-wife should face the death penalty if she is found guilty.
“I ask the question too. I would like to ask Ashley why she did all of this? Jason loved Ashley so much,” Sanchez said. “There are a lot of questions I would like to ask her. Why did she do that? Why didn’t she ask for help, for money?”
Sanchez said in early 2020 he tested positive for tuberculosis. He spent two weeks in the hospital, seriously ill, including coughing up blood. Sanchez said the diagnosis led to home isolation orders from the city of Houston’s health department.
“I have been to the hospital twice,” Sanchez said. “The last time I got to the hospital. I was there for two weeks. I was really sick. I was coughing up blood. I (didn’t) see Jason and (his sister) because I was was ill. “
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The health department told ABC13 it could not provide information on TB cases because it would violate patient confidentiality. They said part of a patient’s treatment could require a person to remain in home isolation until they determine they are no longer contagious.
Sanchez said that in addition to the order, his ex-wife lied to him about the fate of their children and actively prevented him from seeing the children. Sanchez said Marks would claim she was sick, out of town, or the children were at a friend’s house.
“I got all those text messages. Where’s Jason?” Sanchez said. “I have tried to contact her many, many times.
Sanchez said he finally saw his son and daughter at Marks’ father’s house on the Thursday before Jason was murdered. He said Jason looked happy and healthy. He said that after that day he lost all contact with the ex-wife and grandfather until his son died.
Sanchez said neither Marks nor his father ever told him Jason started to get sick.
“All the time I worry about my kids… they never tell me Jason is sick. They never tell me he’s sick,” Sanchez said. “I do whatever I have to do for my children.”
Sanchez said the defeat had devastated him. He is actively posting on Facebook in the hope of publicizing his son’s case. In video after video posted on his page, you can see Sanchez lovingly interacting with his son.
“She has to pay for everything,” Sanchez said. “She has to pay… I’m sure she did it for money. She did it for a reason. She wants money.”
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Ashley Marks’ father has turned down multiple requests from Eyewitness News for an interview about his grandson’s death. He said he could not offer any comment to ABC13 for our reporting.
She is due to return to court on Friday April 16. A judge will decide if she will be released on bail.
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