The wife of the U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians defended him in an NBC interview that aired on the Today show Monday, CNN reported.
U.S. officials reported that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales wandered off the base in Afghanistan and killed eight Afghan adult civilians and nine children.
Bales' wife Karilyn said in the interview, "He loves children. He's like a big kid himself. I have no idea what happened, but he would not do that."
She also said that Bales never told her that he sustained a traumatic brain injury until he returned home from his tour in Iraq.
Karilyn Bales has talked to her husband twice since he was detained for the massacre. Her husband called her once shortly after he was detained and once from Fort Leavenworth where he is being held.
The couple has two children, a girl named Quincy and a boy, Bobby.