CARSON (CBSLA.com) — Sheriff’s homicide detectives are conducting an investigation into the deaths of three children at a home near Carson and have taken their mother into custody.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson said three girls, approximately aged 3 years, 2 years and 2 months, were found dead in the 1000 block of West 223rd Street Tuesday evening after a rescue call was made at approximately 5:10 p.m. Tuesday.
KCAL9’s Serene Branson reports deputies arrested 30-year-old Carol Coronado in their deaths.
Detectives described a gruesome crime scene.
“The mother had killed her children inside the residence. Deputies made entry into the residence and found three young children dead inside,” L.A. County Lt. Dave Coleman said.
The children’s maternal grandmother is believed to have made the initial call to authorities. Coleman said the father was also on the scene.
“The father was outside when the deputies arrived, as was a grandmother, who directed the deputies to the residence,” Coleman said.
The mother was found inside the home. She was immediately detained and transported to a local hospital for examination.
She was subsequently transported to Carson Sheriff’s Station, where she has been booked for murder.
Investigators tell KCAL9 they have recovered murder weapons at the home. They have not yet said what those murder weapons are or how the children were killed, although neighbors say they were told the children were stabbed to death.
Coleman said the mother had not yet spoken to authorities about the deaths at press time.
“At this point no, she didn’t say anything. She’s being detained and we will try to talk with her later,” he said.
The investigation is ongoing.
The crime scene also remains active and local residents are advised that the area at 223rd Street at Meylers Street will be closed for both pedestrian and vehicle traffic through most of Tuesday night.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the LASD’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact “Crime Stoppers” by calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477), by texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website.