A woman was charged Wednesday with killing her three young children in East Los Angeles.
Sandra Chico, 28, was ordered to be held in lieu of $6 million bail while awaiting arraignment July 21 in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on three counts each of murder and assault on a child causing death.
Sheriff’s deputies went to a residence in the 600 block of Ferris Avenue at about 12:45 p.m. Monday after receiving a report that two children at the home were not breathing, according to Lt. Charles Calderaro. Deputies found two boys and a girl in the home and none of the children was breathing, he said.
Paramedics were called, but all three children were pronounced dead at the scene.
They were identified Tuesday by the coroner’s office as Mia Camila Rodriguez, 4; Mason Mateo Rodriguez, 3; and Milan Mateas Rodriguez, who was born on May 5. Autopsies were pending to determine how they died.
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.
Chico was initially identified as a “person of interest” and detained. She was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder.
In a written statement announcing the charges, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said, “In an instant, three innocent children were taken from us and we are crestfallen. Nothing is more heartbreaking than the tragic betrayal of a parent failing to protect their children.”