LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday that a mother was arrested for murder in the deaths of her three little children, including a newborn infant, in East Los Angeles.
Sandra Chico, their mother, was being detained on $2 million bonds and was set to appear in a Los Angeles courthouse on Wednesday, according to a Sheriff’s Department statement.
Chico’s lawyer was not immediately available to speak on her behalf. As of Tuesday morning, the case had not been brought to the district attorney’s office.
According to Lt. Chuck Calderaro, the youngsters were discovered in a bedroom in their house at 12:45 p.m. Monday after a family member phoned for assistance. They weren’t breathing and attempts to resuscitate them failed.
Flowers were laid in front of the house by neighbors to memorialize the children. Chico’s uncle, Arturo Cerezo, arrived just as he was being arrested.
There was no clear cause of death or physical evidence of trauma, according to authorities.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated, “There was no forewarning of any kind.” “There have been no recurrent calls for help, and there have been no complaints of child abuse. This was a series of unexpected tragedies.”
Ohm told the TV station, “It’s heartbreaking.” “They were happy kids,” says the narrator.