Los Angeles woman is arrested for murder after her three young children found dead in their home
Sandra Chico, 28, was arrested on Tuesday over the murders of her three young children in East Los Angeles
The children, a pair of toddlers and an infant, were found inside a bedroom in their home around 12.45pm Monday
They were identified as Mia Camila Rodriguez, 4, Mason Mateo Rodriguez, 3, and two-month-old Milan Mateas Rodriguez
The children showed no ‘obvious signs of trauma’ and autopsies are underway to determine the causes of death, police said
Authorities would not comment on the mother’s mental state
There are no prior reports of abuse or child neglect at the home
The children’s mother, who was at the home was initially questioned as a ‘person of interest’, while their father who was not home at the time is now talking to investigators
Chico is being held in jail on $2 million bond pending her first court appearance on Wednesday
A 28-year-old mother has been arrested for murder after her three young children were found dead inside their Los Angeles home.
Sandra Chico was being held Tuesday on suspicion of murder after the children, two boys and a girl, were found dead in a bedroom in their East Los Angeles home a day earlier.
The children were identified as Mia Camila Rodriguez, 4, Mason Mateo Rodriguez, 3, and two-month-old Milan Mateas Rodriguez.
LASD Homicide Bureau Lt. Charles Calderaro said the children were not breathing and efforts to revive them were not successful after a family member called 911 at about 12.45pm on Monday.
She is being held on $2 million bond ahead of her first court appeared on Wednesday.
The children’s father was not at home at the time.
Lt. Calderaro said it was not immediately clear what caused the deaths and autopsies will be conducted.
There were ‘no obvious signs’ trauma, he said.
‘At this point it’s very preliminary in the investigation,’ Calderaro said. ‘We know the children were in a bedroom within the house. As far as cause of death that’s unknown at this time and that’s under investigation.’
The family had gathered at the home on Sunday for a celebration.
The children’s uncle Arturo Cerezo, who arrived at the home as the mother was being taken into custody, told CBSLA: ‘It’s pretty hard to determine what really happened.’
‘I mean, because, I know her,’ he said of the mother.
‘I know she would do anything for those kids, and that’s what’s so hard to understand what happened.’
Preliminary information revealed no prior reports of abuse or child neglect at the home, the sheriff’s department said.
The children’s mother, who was at home at the time and has not been identified publicly, is being questioned as a ‘person of interest’
Supervisor Hilda Solis, whose district includes East Los Angeles, said she was ‘devastated’ to hear about the deaths.
‘It is a horrifying situation and my office is working with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Department of Children and Family Services to launch a full investigation into the brutal murder of these three innocent children,’ Solis said in a statement.
‘My office is also leveraging County resources to provide counseling and support for the family and neighboring residents.
Support services are also being extended to the firefighters and first responders who were the first ones on-site and witnessed this tragedy.
‘Although I wish this never occurred, we must do everything possible to ensure no other child endures such a tragedy.’
LASD Homicide Bureau Lt. Charles Calderaro said a 28-year-old woman, identified as the children’s biological mother, was a person of interest in the case and has been taken into custody where she was being questioned.
Chico was immediately detained and was being questioned as a ‘person of interest’ after the bodies were discovered.
Authorities would not comment on the mother’s mental state.
There was no immediate information on the children’s father, who a family member said was also talking to police.
The discovery comes three months after three young children were found dead in an apartment in Reseda, Los Angeles in April. In that case, the children’s mother was eventually arrested.
The deaths come after a mother was arrested in the deaths of her three children in April in Los Angeles.