'I was never the mom who was happy it was time for school again' - Jason Corbett wife's message to children
Molly Martens Corbett, one of two 'persons of interest' in the killing of Jason Corbett, has said she misses the children she cared for "every second of every day".
Mr Corbett (39), from Janesboro in Limerick city, died on August 2 in his home in North Carolina during a 'domestic disturbance'.
He was laid to rest on Wednesday following an intense custody battle with his sister, Tracey Lynch, and her husband, over Mr Corbett's two children, Jack (10) and Sarah (8). Mr Corbett was buried with the children's biological mother, Margaret Fitzpatrick, who died in 2006.
He later wed US woman Ms Martens, who had been the children's nanny. Ms Martens and her father Thomas Martens (65), a former FBI agent, are the two persons of interest in the case.
It has emerged that since the family arrived home last Saturday, Ms Martens has published a series of messages on Facebook, along with a phone number and email address.
"I miss you with every single heartbeat," she wrote on the day the children returned home. "Wherever you are, my love will find you..." she wrote.
"I was never the mom who was happy it was time for school again. I savoured my summers with you, my kids, my best friends. I would do anything right now to be getting you ready for third and fifth grade today; to be brushing out the tangles and making back to school gluten-free pancakes, to be packing your lunches with notes of love and hope and waiting all day to see how it went. I miss you munchkins.
"When I look at a snapshot of you, my loves, I do not just see you. I see the day we had, I feel the snow in our mittens or the excitement of the meet ahead. I love you with all of my heart.
"I know you are being so strong and so brave and I am so proud of you. I miss you every second of every minute of every hour of every day."
It is not known if Ms Martens has had contact with the children since they flew back. Her lawyer, David Freedman, said that would be a matter for the Corbetts to decide.
Mr Freedman said Ms Marten's "whole world revolved around those children" and legal proceedings to challenge the custody ruling could take up to a year to be heard.
A grand jury is expected to decide on September 8 what criminal proceedings will be brought. Ms Martens and her father have made statements to the police, and Mr Freedman has indicated that they will plead not guilty in relation to any possible charges.