Two young children found in a Chatsworth home where their parents died in an apparent murder-suicide were hospitalized Tuesday morning after being in the home for more than three days after their parents’ deaths.
The children were not physically injured but “were admitted to a local area hospital for observation,” according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The children, a toddler and an infant, were placed in the custody of the county Department of Children and Family Services, according to the Daily News.
Officers responded about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to a call of shots fired in the 9100 block of Foster Lane. They “entered the residence and discovered a male and a female deceased in the upstairs bedroom, both due to gunshot wounds,” according to a statement from the LAPD.
The first officers who arrived said they lacked probable cause to enter to the home, but a real estate agent with access to the home opened the front door, neighbor Tony Medina told the paper.
A preliminary investigation revealed the husband, 46, shot his 38-year-old wife as she lay in bed before shooting himself, police said. Their names have not been released.
Neighbors said they heard an argument at the home late Wednesday night or early Thursday, then two loud blasts, the Daily News said.
Medina said the baby was barely breathing but had heard she was hospitalized in “stable condition.”
He and his wife took care of the older child until she was taken to a hospital.
“We cleaned her up, we fed her,” Medina said. “Obviously she was hungry and dehydrated.”
Medina said police interviewed the girl about the shooting and she told officers that she heard a loud noise, then said her “mommy was crying” and “mommy was broken.”
A motive for the shooting was not disclosed.
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