A woman and her 16-year-old son have been charged with murder after three children were found dead in a Los Angeles home Sunday morning.
Angela Dawn Flores, 38, admitted to killing her daughter, 12, and her two twin boys, 8, with the help of her teenage son.
Flores is being held on $6 million bail, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Her son is being held without bail at Sylmar Junevile Hall on a single count of murder.
Police responded to the Woodland Hills home shortly before 8am on Mother’s Day. Paramedics declared the children dead at the scene.
The night before the murders, Flores was heard screaming, ‘My family is abusing me!’ She then walked into her next-door neighbor’s front yard, opened a Bible and lit candles, according to another neighbor.
Paramedics got there at around midnight and put Flores on a stretcher. She allegedly tried to free herself and screamed, ‘Wheres my Bible? Where’s my Bible?’
It remains unclear what happened between the mother’s outburst and the children being found the next day.
Angela Dawn Flores, 38 admitted to killing her three children with the help of her teenage son at their Woodside Hills home (pictured)
Three children were found dead Sunday. The mom had been put on a stretcher by paramedics the night before after she allegedly lit candles and opened a Bible in a neighbor’s yard
On Monday, flowers and stuffed animals were left outside the one-story ranch style home
It is unclear what happened between the mother’s outburst and her children being found. Above, LA County worker Tiana Baudin leaves toys at a makeshift memorial at the home
Authorities got a 911 call about an incident at the home at about 7.40am.
They responded to the reports of assault with a deadly weapon at the 22500 block of Victory Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley.
Three children were found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. They were Flores’ 12-year-old daughter 8-year-old twin boys, KTTV reports.
Flores and her son allegedly sought refuge at different neighborhood homes before police arrived Sunday morning.
The children’s cause of death has not been released.
Police were seen going in and out of the one-story ranch style home on Sunday. The night before, a neighbor heard the mother scream, ‘My family is abusing me!’
The mom then walked into her next-door neighbor’s yard for a solo religious ceremony, said neighbor Prisila Canales (above). The next morning, her kids were found dead
The home is in the Woodland Hills neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley
On Sunday, police were seen going in and out of the one-story ranch style house.
‘No other suspects are being sought at the moment,’ said LAPD Public Information Officer Matthew Cruz.
The mother had her own run-in with paramedics the night before her three children were found dead.
Neighbor Prisila Canales told KKTV that she heard Flores screaming.
‘I couldn’t see anybody and I kept hearing, “My family is abusing me!” And just kept hearing screaming, but I couldn’t make out what she was saying,’ Canales said.
‘I can hear her saying, “Ow, ow, ow.” I guess they were trying to arrest her or restrain her. They brought her out on the stretcher and she was laying down and would just pop up out of nowhere and yell, “Where’s my bible? Where’s my Bible?'”
She told the Los Angeles Times that she saw Flores walk to her next-door neighbor’s yard to open a Bible and light candles.
The police were called and paramedics arrived at midnight. Flores was put on a stretcher and asked for her Bible as she tried to shake herself free.
‘The screaming you heard; you knew she was not OK,’ Canales said. ‘I can still hear her screaming.’
The abused child unit in the LAPD’s Juvenile Division is investigating the cause and manner of the children’s deaths, according to the LA Times
A neighbor who live a block away said he heard muffled cries from a child Saturday night. Above, an unidentified man pits a wooden bath brush in the trash at the Woodland Hills home
Neighbor Stephen Hayes, 71, said he saw the family riding bikes. ‘They look like nice, normal people. It is one of the nicest looking houses in the block,’ he said
Neighbor Stephen Hayes, 71, said he saw the family riding bikes.
‘They look like nice, normal people. It is one of the nicest looking houses in the block,’ he said.
A neighbor who live a block away said he heard muffled cries from a child Saturday night.
‘I thought I was just dreaming,’ he said. ‘I thought West Hills was supposed to be safe. Nothing is safe nowadays.’
The mother was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation and was later taken into custody by the LAPD along with her 16-year-old son.
Both have been charged with murder.