South LA Mother In Police Custody After 1 Daughter Dies, 2nd Injured In Attempted Drowning

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A South Los Angeles mother was in police custody Wednesday morning after the near drowning of her two young daughters.

Officials received a call around 7:30 a.m. from a home in the 900 block of West 50th Place, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

When firefighters arrived, they found two girls, aged five and one, unconscious and not breathing.

Police believe the mother tried to drown both her children in the bathtub.

The girls’ father called 911 after he found the girls unconscious in the home, police said.

“We don’t know the exact circumstances of how it happened. We don’t know the motive or why it happened, but at this point, we believe it was an intentional act committed upon these two children,” said Cmdr. Andrew Smith of the LAPD.

The two girls were transported to California Hospital Medical Center where officials said both children arrived at the hospital with no vital signs.

The 1-year-old died at California Hospital, according to medical officials. Her 5-year-old sister was transported to Children’s Hospital where she is listed in grave condition, an LAPD official said.

The unidentified mother is being questioned by police. It is unclear what, if any, charges she will face.

Neighbors say the family immigrated from Guatemala 10 years ago and that the mother had been suicidal in recent weeks.

“They seemed like a very happy family, nice family . . .  now this is like a very sad story,” said neighbor Dina Cevallos.

Police initially reported that the girls died, then said about 9:30 a.m. that doctors were trying to revive them.

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  1. Jus says:

    My prayers for the little girl’s. I hope the mother get’s all the help and may God help her in her ordeal. I wish to also alert for the family and mother of these two young girl’s going through this tragedy, to be aware of con-artist out there that may be like amulance chaser’s claiming to be advocates of civil rights and family unity….to be alert community to NOT SIGN NO CONTRACT’s with that Affiliaton and their shady lawyers. This Org. CEO’s has a criminal back ground as well as His Affiliates. Please do back ground check’s therly and check with the BBB, IRS, The Court’s if the CEO & his Affiliates have shady back grounds, ask yourself if this CEO has ever paid taxes, or childsupport to all the children he has fathered, or if the women in his Org. have fraud as a back ground. This Affiliation , the CEO made sure his mistress of 14 yrs. ago stayed in prison for life while he remained married to his current first wife, and married a secound wife….bigamist. Please be alert not to fall for Org. that claim to be nonprofit and fight for human right’s. He is not ethically capable to represent any one, and his shady lawyer’s are just a bunch of Org. Crime. He prey’s on victim’s that have lost children to the system. He never was pro family or pro family unity….Ever….My prayers go out to the little girls.

    1. Jus says:

      That so called Activist/ Advocate for keeping the family together…is a criminal. All his adult life, he never was pro family. Please don’t be mislead by his composure, his attire of fancy hat’s and trench coat’s and suit’s and his business card’s. He has made sure to eliminate individual’s that have not agreed to his standard’s and also individual’s (women) after he had no use for them no more because they we’re left dry , empty money wise. Certain individuals in the community don’t see or question the legality’s they believe his smooth talk, and all due to his high profile of his networks. This man man made sure he got out of prison while his former girlfriend stayed in prison for life, while he stayed married to his first wife, then married a secound wife. He has shady contacts All his marital staus is public records, not gossip. So if an individual approaches these families that children have died, and mom’s are in jail…please , please do a back ground check. on him. dont sign no contract’s. He is not safe. Be alert with the man with the hat and scales of justice symbols on his business cards. May God be wth the little girls and their families.

      1. JP says:

        @ Ju’s: ju’st ‘so that I have thi’s ‘straight, are we ‘suppo’sed to put an apo’strophe on every word that ha’s an ‘s? I wa’s under the impre’s’sion that an apo’strophe wa’s for one of two thing’s: denoting po’se’s’sion or for a contraction. I have been corrected..
        At least you got the second individual’s right.

  2. southie says:

    Are they legal immgirants?

    1. BIG JOHN says:

      WHO CARES THIS IS NOT ABOUT THAT, THIS IS TWO LITTLE GIRLS WHO GOT HURT BY SOMEONE THAT WAS THEIR DUTY TO KEEP THEM SAFE. THERE ARE MANY BUT NOT ALL ILLEGALS THAT I WOULD WISH WERE HERE LEGAL & MANY HERE THAT ARE HERE LEGAL & SHOULD NEVER BEEN ALLOWED IN TO OUR COUNTRY. ANYHOW SHAME ON YOU FOR EVEN BRING THIS UP.

    2. MO.ROD says:

      WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH IT???

    3. O_O says:

      Not likely, southie. And the two commenters so far with their caps-lock reply are probably just as illegal as this family.

      To those caps-lock commenters – Unfortunately, this family’s being illegal or legal DOES matter in this case. Use your tiny, little brains and try to figure out why it does. (Do I smell smoke in here?)

  3. Sad says:

    And the mother will get a pat on the head because she was “depressed” and if it were a man they’d be calling for his head.

    Gender equality only exists when there is something to gain……

  4. cloudnine says:

    My heart breaks for this family. As a mother who almost lost a child to a near drowning I know a bit of this pain. But I just don’t understand how a mother can do this to their child.My reaction was to save my baby & be by her side until she fully recovered.
    I don’t know but my prayers are with this family..

  5. karen says:

    I agree with big john 100% being ilegal does NOT excuse you from being so evil…her job was to protect them and progress in life.. i have been illegal all my life but i am still fighting to move foward and live life the right way protecting my daughter from any harm…i have been thru the worse weather and have fallen into fepression But Never have thought of harming my child. she is a criminal and she should be treated like one..

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