Detectives discover deaths of three children in east LA, mother taken in as a person of interest

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On Monday around noon, police discovered three juveniles—two boys and one girl—under the age of three unresponsive at Hubbard St & S Ferris Ave in the Belvedere Gardens area in East Los Angeles.

The victims were pronounced dead at the scene despite police attempting to perform lifesaving measures.

A woman believed to be their mother was taken into custody as a “person of interest.” There was no immediate information on the children’s father, who a family member said was also talking to police.

Authorities did not immediately release the children’s names or manner of death, though the department described it as “suspicious.” There was no history of calls to authorities from the home.

According to CBSLA, “it’s pretty hard to determine what really happened,” the uncle of the children said. “I mean, because, I know her. I know she would do anything for those kids, and that’s what’s so hard to understand what happened.”

Support services are being extended to neighbors as well as the firefighters and first responders who were on-site.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website

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