Mom In Custody After three Youngsters Discovered Lifeless In East LA Residence – CBS Los Angeles
EAST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Three children were found dead in a house in East Los Angeles on Monday, authorities said.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, around 12:45 p.m., MPs responded to a house on the 600 block of Ferris Avenue in the Belvedere Gardens area for reports of two non-breathing children.
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When MPs arrived, they found three children – two boys and a girl – under the age of three unresponsive in a bedroom. Authorities tried life-saving measures, but the children were pronounced dead on the scene.
“It’s very heartbreaking, it’s for everyone in the neighborhood,” said Rosalinda Higgins, a neighbor. “We all have to go through this really bad feeling for the kids, especially they were babies.”
Authorities did not immediately disclose the children’s names or manner of death, although the department called it “suspicious”.
LASD Homicide Bureau Lt. Charles Calderaro said a 28-year-old woman identified as the birth mother of the children was a person of interest in the case and was taken into custody where she was interrogated. There was no immediate information about the children’s father, who a family member said also spoke to the police.
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“It’s pretty hard to pinpoint what really happened,” said the children’s uncle. “I mean because I know her. I know she would do anything for these children and it’s so hard to understand what happened. “
Authorities said there was no history of calls at home.
Supervisor Hilda Solis, who belongs to the East LA district, said in a statement that she was “devastated” when she heard of the deaths.
“It’s a terrifying situation and my office is working with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Children and Family Services to launch a full investigation into the brutal murder of these three innocent children,” the statement said. “My office also uses the district’s resources to advise and support the family and local residents.
“The support services will also be extended to the firefighters and first aiders who were the first to be on site and who witnessed this travesty,” the statement said. “While I wish this had never happened, we must do everything we can to ensure that no other child suffers such a tragedy.”
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Anyone with information was asked to call the LASD Homicide Squad at 323-890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or file a report online at lacrimestoppers.org.
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