A mother of three who died in their Los Angeles home over the weekend has been charged with murder.
LOS ANGELES — The mother of three children found dead at their Los Angeles home over the weekend was charged Tuesday with murder.
Angela Flores, 38, is accused of the murders of 8-year-old Nathan Yanez, 10-year-old Kevin Yanez and 12-year-old Natalie Flores, whose bodies were discovered Sunday morning in their home in the West Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
The cause of their death remained under investigation.
Police said Flores admitted to investigators that she killed the children and claimed that a teenage girl helped her.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested with Flores, but the prosecutor’s office has not announced any charges against him. The teen was being held in juvenile detention.
Flores has reportedly given birth to several children but authorities did not immediately say if the teen was her son.
It was not immediately clear if Flores had a lawyer to speak on her behalf. She remained on bail of $6 million.
“We all grieve for these children. The loss of young lives is a tragedy that has affected our entire community,” District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement.
Investigators have not disclosed a possible motive for the killings.
Seven hours before they were found dead, the mother was taken to the hospital because neighbors said she was behaving strangely.
Priscilla Canales, who lives near the ranch-style house where the killings occurred, told reporters there was a commotion late Saturday night in which Flores screamed and acted erratically until someone called authorities.
Canales said paramedics put the woman on a stretcher and she struggled and screamed, “Where’s my bible?”
Just before 1 a.m., the fire department responded to a request for a “medical response” from the police department, fire spokeswoman Margaret Stewart told the Los Angeles Times.
Jacob Corona, Flores’ ex-husband, told The Times that she made strange comments when she called him about a week before the murder.
“She was telling me all these things about God. She didn’t look right. I don’t really know what happened,” Corona said.
He said, “She wasn’t really religious before. But then she was talking about death. I said to her, ‘What’s going on?'” “My head was thinking of many things, but I didn’t think of anything.”
The couple married in 2001 and divorced in 2007. They had a child who did not live with Flores and was not among the children who died, according to Corona.
The newspaper said that child deaths are under investigation by the Abused Child Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department of Juveniles.
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services said it was unable to comment on whether it was involved with the family, the newspaper said.