Attorneys for Los Angeles County argue in new court papers that part of a lawsuit brought by the father of three children allegedly killed by their mother in 2021 in Reseda should be dismissed as they pertain to the county because the two negligence claims are duplicative of each other.
The Thursday filing in Los Angeles Superior Court regarding plaintiff Erik Denton’s case sets up a hearing on the motion scheduled July 27 before Judge William A. Crowfoot.
In his suit filed April 21, Denton alleges social workers and the LAPD did not take seriously the indications that Liliana Carrillo’s mental health was declining or share what information they had. The two causes of action against the county allege negligence of public entity employees and negligence of a public entity. In their court papers, county lawyers maintain the two causes of action are duplicative.
Because Denton alleges in both causes of action that the county and its employees failed to or were negligent in performing their duties, the negligence of a public entity claim is “uncertain,” according to the county attorneys’ court papers.
The two similar negligence claims filed against the city are not part of the upcoming motion.
Carrillo, 32, pleaded not guilty Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court to three murder charges stemming from the April 10, 2021, killings of her 6-month-old daughter Sierra, 3-year-old daughter Joanna and 2-year-old son Terry. Carrillo allegedly drowned the victims.
In an interview from jail following her arrest, Carrillo told a reporter for NBC affiliate KGET that she killed her children because she feared their abuse and sexual assault at the hands of others.
“I drowned them,” she said of her children. “I wasn’t about to hand my children off to be further abused.”
When asked by the KGET reporter if she regretted her actions, she said, “I wish my kids were alive, yes. Do I wish that I didn’t have to do that? Yes. But I prefer them not being tortured and abused on a regular basis for the rest of their life.”