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Mother arrested on suspicion of killing 3 children found in East Los Angeles home

The mother of three young children, found dead inside their East Los Angeles home on Monday, June 28, was arrested on suspicion of causing their deaths, authorities said Tuesday, June 29.

The cause of death had not been disclosed yet.

Sandra Chico, 28, was arrested following questioning by Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives, who had detained her Monday as a person of interest, officials said.

She was being held in jail on $2 million bail, spokeswoman Deputy Trina Schrader said.

Coroner’s officials identified the three children as Mia Camila Rodriguez, 4, Mason Mateo Rodriguez, 3, and Milan Mateas Rodriguez, who was less than two months old.

They were all pronounced dead before 1 p.m. Monday inside the home in the 600 block of South Ferris Avenue, coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said. Autopsies on the children had yet to be performed by medical examiners, Ardalani said.

Sheriff’s deputies received a call at 12:45 p.m. of children not breathing at the home, spokeswoman Deputy Eva Jimenez said. All three children were found in a bedroom.

Investigators on Monday taped off a home at 630 S. Ferris Ave. and interviewed potential witnesses at a nearby church, while some passersby dropped off flowers at the home.

Neighbors said they never heard fighting, loud noises or previous visits from law enforcement at the home. Some recalled watching the children play on a trampoline in the front yard of the home.

Authorities had received no previous reports of abuse or child neglect to the home, Deputy Eric Ortiz said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


Source: Orange County Register

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