The mum of three children under the age of five found slain inside an apartment this weekend has been arrested, police said.
Liliana Carrillo, 30, was arrested in Tulare County, about 322 kilometres north of Los Angeles in the US state of California, after the bodies were found by the children's grandma Saturday morning (local time).
The children’s grandma returned home from work and found the children dead and their mother missing, Los Angeles police officer Raul Jovel said.
The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted the children appeared to be under five years old. A police spokesman initially said they were under the age of 3.
The gruesome discovery was made around 9:30am in the 8000 block of Reseda Boulevard, Jovel said.
Police said initial reports suggested the children had been stabbed to death, but no official cause of death has been released.
Jovel said investigators were still working to determine a motive.
The department received reports Carrillo was driving her car and heading north on Interstate 5 when she got in an altercation in the Bakersfield area.
She abandoned her car and carjacked another vehicle, Jovel said.
Carrillo was detained in the Ponderosa area of Tulare County, about 160 kilometres north of Bakersfield, police said.
“At this point, she is a suspect in this incident but that doesn’t exclude other people,” Jovel said.
It wasn’t immediately known if she had a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.
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