The mother accused of killing her three young children inside their Southern California home on Mother’s Day believed they were possessed by demons.
Angela Flores, 38, has been charged with three counts of murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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“We all grieve for these children. The loss of their young lives is a tragedy that has affected our entire community,” District Attorney George Gascón said. “My prosecutors are working to hold accountable those responsible for their deaths.”
The L.A. County coroner’s office on Tuesday identified the victims as 8-year-old Nathan Yanez, 10-year-old Kevin Yanez, and 12-year-old Natalie Flores.
Her bail was set at $8.7 million (AUD), the New York Post reports.
The 16-year-old, a minor who has not been publicly identified, was arrested on one count of murder and was being held without bail at Sylmar Juvenile Hall.
Neighbors said it was the teenager who went next door to call for help Sunday around 7:30 a.m.
Neighbors also said they called police Saturday night after Flores sat on their front porch for several hours, acting erratically.
“She started to scream, asking for the Bible. ‘Where is my Bible?’ Then she said ‘You know, you know, I killed my kids.’ But they think she was crazy. The police, they think that she was crazy,” neighbor Blanca Hernandez said. She said Flores was taken to the hospital, adding that police didn’t know where she came from and didn’t do a welfare check until the next morning when the 16-year-old called for help.
Neighbors say the family had only moved into the home about three months ago but often heard arguments and screaming, including the night before the children were found.