Three young children were found dead Monday in an East Los Angeles residence, and their mother was taken into custody as a “person of interest.”

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department personnel responded to the residence in the 600 block of Ferris Avenue, in the Belvedere Gardens area, at about 12:45 p.m. after receiving a report that two children at the home were not breathing, according to the department’s Lt. Charles Calderaro.

Deputies found three children in the home, all under age 3, and none were breathing, Calderaro said. Paramedics were called, but all three children were pronounced dead at the scene.

Relatives told reporters the children were a girl and two boys. One of the boys was a 6-month-old newborn.

There was no immediate word on how the children died.

The children’s 28-year-old mother was identified as a person of interest and was detained, Calderaro said. Her name was not immediately released. Calderaro said it was too early in the investigation to speculate on a motive for the children’s deaths.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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