A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department cruiser.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department cruiser. MyNewsLA.com photo by John Schreiber

Three children under 3 years old – including a six-month old baby – were found dead in an East Los Angeles house and their mother was in custody Tuesday as a “person of interest.”

Deputies from the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station responded to the house in the 600 block of Ferris Avenue, between Arizona Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard, in the Belvedere Gardens area, at about 12:45 p.m. Monday after receiving a report that two children at the home were not breathing, according to the department’s Lt. Charles Calderaro.

Deputies found two boys and a girl in the home and none were breathing, Calderaro said. Paramedics were called, but all three children were pronounced dead at the scene.

Relatives told reporters one of the boys was 6 months old.

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.

Preliminary information revealed no prior reports of abuse or child neglect to the home or the mother, according to Deputy Eric Ortiz of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Anyone with information was asked to call 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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