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3 Young Siblings Found Dead, Mother Detained

California case is gut-wrenching
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2021 3:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities are investigating three young children's deaths in Southern California as suspicious and their mother was detained for questioning on Monday, the AP reports. The children, two boys and a girl who are all under 3 years old, were found inside a bedroom in their East Los Angeles home around 12:45pm after a family member called for help, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Chuck Calderaro. They were not breathing and efforts to revive them were not successful. Their 28-year-old mother is being questioned, Calderaro said. Per ABC 7, she is considered a person of interest.

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Other people who were in the home at the time and may have seen what occurred will also be interviewed. The children's father was not there at the time, but ABC 7 reports at least one other family member was. Calderaro said it was not immediately clear what caused the deaths and autopsies will be conducted. There were "no obvious signs” of how they died, he said. Preliminary information revealed no prior reports of abuse or child neglect at the home, the sheriff's department said. Family members say one of the children was just six months old. (Another California mother is accused of killing her three children in April.)

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