ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- A suburban Detroit father who called 911 to report the drowning deaths of his two small children was charged with first-degree murder Friday, a prosecutor said.

Steven Nicholson has been in custody since Tuesday when police responding to the emergency call found the bodies at his apartment.

Nicholson, 27, was charged with first-degree murder, murder committed during another felony and child abuse, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said.

"The alleged facts in this case have affected even the most seasoned prosecutors in this office," Worthy said in a written statement. "We stand ready to bring this case to justice in a court of law."

The victims, 15-month-old Ella Stafford and 13-month old Jonathon Sanderlin, were scalded and had drowned, according to autopsies. They will be buried Saturday.

Nicholson was scheduled to be arraigned before noon EDT Friday. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.