Sources: Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, Los Angeles Police Department and Tulare County Sheriff’s Office (Information):
Reseda, California: The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office have released on Monday, April 12th, 2021 the identities of the three children who were found fatally stabbed inside an apartment on Saturday, April 10th, 2021.
Picture: Eric Denton via GoFundMe (Courtesy):
According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, the three children have been identified as 3 year old Joanna Denton Carrillo, 2 year old Terry Denton Carrillo and 6 month old Sierra Denton Carrillo, and their autopsies were still pending.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, at about 9:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, April 10th, 2021, West Valley Patrol Officers responded to the 8000 block of Reseda Boulevard for a radio call involving a possible death at one of the apartments.
The Los Angeles Police Department said that the children’s grandmother returned home from work Saturday morning and found their bodies in their apartment .
Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department arrived to the scene as well as Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel who pronounced all 3 children deceased at scene.
Investigators from Robbery-Homicide Division and Juvenile Division were called to the scene, and began to conduct an investigation.
Picture: Los Angeles Police Department (Courtesy):
The Los Angeles Police Department said that the children’s mother, 30 year old Liliana Carrillo, was soon identified as the “sole suspect” in the slayings, spurring a manhunt that ended when she was apprehended later that afternoon in the Ponderosa, California area of Tulare County.
According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Liliana Carrillo was tracked down and arrested on Saturday in Ponderosa, California after carjacking someone.
Sheriff Mike Boudreaux with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said while heading northbound on Highway 65, just north of Bakersfield, Carrillo crashed her car, and when a man pulled over in his pick-up truck in an effort to help Carrillo, she makes her way over to his truck and hops in his truck and takes off northbound on the Highway 65.
Inmate records in Tulare County, California indicated Liliana Carrillo had been booked on suspicion of second-degree robbery, and her bail was set at $60,000.
Investigators are still trying to determine a motive in the case.
The Los Angeles Times recently spoke to the children’s father, Erik Denton, who said he had sought custody of the kids in recent weeks, and last month tried to petitioned a Tulare County court for the mother to undergo a mental health evaluation.
A hearing in the the child custody dispute was scheduled for Wednesday, and Erik Denton told the Los Angeles Times that he had attempted to get authorities in Los Angeles, California involved in the case but “they wouldn’t help. The LAPD would not get involved.”
Erik Denton told the Los Angeles Times that Liliana Carrillo was supposed to turn the children over to him on Sunday.
Meanwhile, a memorial of photographs, candles, flowers and balloons grew outside the apartment complex on Monday.
A GoFundMe fundraiser for the father which has so far garnered more than $30,000 in donations by Monday afternoon.
Those interested in helping can find more information at the following website: https://www.gofundme.com/f/dabe6-no-words
ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family of Joanna Denton Carrillo, Terry Denton Carrillo and Sierra Denton Carrillo.