Los Angeles police arrested a California woman after her three children were found dead inside their residence.
Police took Lilian Carrillo into custody on Saturday after fleeing the scene of the crime. The 30-year-old suspect was confirmed to be the mother of the three victims. The LAPD said she was the sole suspect in the case.
Three Young Victims
The three children were identified to be six months, 2 years, and 3 years old. As of this time, authorities did not reveal the cause of death of any of the victims. They have also not released information on the motive the suspect may have had in the incident.
The grandmother of the victims was the one who found their bodies at around 9:30 a.m. local time in Reseda, LAPD Sgt David Bambrick said. Authorities first identified Carrillo as a person of interest before announcing she later carjacked a vehicle near Bakersfield. They said she may have been driving a stolen pickup truck.
Police later found the suspect and arrested her, placing her into the responsibility of Tulare County officials after a long-distance car chase. “These are the moments we carry throughout our career. It’s hard to process that as a police officer,” Lt. Raul Joel said.
Erick Denton, the children’s father, said he was “devastated” by the news of the incident. His cousin, Teri Miller, said Denton has been trying to take custody of his kids. He reportedly asked the Department of Children and Family Services and police for assistance in taking back the children.
The resident who lived in the apartment above Carrillo’s, Elizabeth Cuevas, said she was acquainted with the victims’ grandmother. Cuevas said the grandmother was the primary caregiver for the kids, the People reported.
Cuevas met one of the children at one point when they were still alive. The young girl asked her if she could pet her Chihuahua mix. “She was a perfect little angel. She was precious beyond what you could imagine,” she said.