SABINE PASS, Texas — A Sabine Pass woman has been indicted in the beating death of her 81-year-old father at his home in Sabine Pass.
Kelli Sartin was indicted Wednesday in the death of her father, Charles Sartin, on Monday, September 9, 2019.
A probable cause affidavit showed that Sartin admitted to police that she beat her father with her fists, a metal spatula, and a wooden rolling pin.
Port Arthur Police received a call about a welfare check for Charles Sartin around 4:19 a.m. that day according to the affidavit.
The person who called about the welfare check told police that Kelli Sartin "made statements which were alarming concerning Charles' welfare," the affidavit states.
When police arrived at the home, they say Kelli Sartin was there. She told police that "she found her father deceased and that he committed suicide by hitting himself with a metal spatula and a wooden rolling pin," the affidavit says.
Police say Charles Sartin was found dead wrapped in bedding and a tarp in a bedroom of the home on Tremont Street.
The affidavit says, "Kelli admitted to thoroughly cleaning the residence with bleach and taping the bedroom door shut with duct tape."
Police say Sartin's body had injuries to the head and upper torso from apparent blunt force trauma.
"Kelli was interviewed and ultimately admitted to striking Sartin with her fist, metal spatula, and a wooden roll [sic] pin," the affidavit says.
Charles Sartin was the longtime owner of Sartin's Seafood restaurant.
Kelli Sartin remains in the Jefferson County Correctional Center on a $1 million bond.