'My family is abusing me': 3 children found dead in LA home after mom's outburst the night before

After screaming, the mother allegedly strolled into a neighbor's yard, opened a Bible and lit some candles

                            'My family is abusing me': 3 children found dead in LA home after mom's outburst the night before
Three children around the age of eight to twelve were found dead in the Woodland Hills area, Los Angeles (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

WOODLAND HILLS, LOS ANGELES: Three children were discovered dead in a Los Angeles home on May 8, Sunday morning after their mother strolled into a neighbor's yard the night before, opened a Bible, and lit candles. She was later arrested, according to authorities, but has yet to be charged.

At around 7:40 a.m., authorities received a 911 call reporting an incident in the Woodland Hills area. According to the Los Angeles Times, they responded to reports of a deadly weapon assault. Three youngsters, aged eight to twelve, were discovered unresponsive and confirmed dead on the spot.


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"My family is abusing me!" the mother of the three children, screamed the night before. She then strolled into her next-door neighbor's yard for a solo religious ritual, according to a separate resident who saw her. Around midnight, paramedics arrived and placed her on a stretcher.

"Where is my Bible?" she yelled as she attempted to free herself, according to the neighbor. What happened between the mother's outburst and the children being found the next day is still unknown. The mother was transported to a hospital for a mental evaluation before being arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department. According to officials, there are no other suspects in the killings of the youngsters.

According to the LA Times, the LAPD's Juvenile Division's abused child unit is examining the cause and manner of the children's deaths. The event occurred in the 22500 block of Victory Boulevard in Woodland Hills, a San Fernando Valley area.

Police were seen entering and exiting the one-story ranch-style house on Sunday. "No other suspects are being sought at the moment," LAPD Public Information Officer Matthew Cruz stated. The night before her three children were discovered dead in the house, the mother had her own check with paramedics.

Prisila Canales, a neighbor, heard her cry, "My family is abusing me!" around 10:30 p.m. She then watched her walk over to her next-door neighbor's yard, where she opened a Bible and lit candles. At midnight, the police were contacted and paramedics came. As she fought to shake herself free, she was placed on a stretcher and asked for her Bible. "The screaming you heard; you knew she was not OK," Canales added. "I can still hear her screaming."

A neighbor reported hearing muffled sounds from a toddler on Saturday night. He explained, "I thought I was just dreaming. I thought West Hills was supposed to be safe. Nothing is safe nowadays."

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