On Sunday morning, officers responded to the home on the 22500 block of Victory Boulevard after receiving a call of an assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The three children, identified as a 12-year-old girl and two younger brothers, 8 and 9 years old, were found dead inside the home.
The children’s mother, identified as 38-year-old Angela Flores, was arrested on three counts of murder and is being held on $ 6 million bail at Van Nuys Jail. The 16-year-old subject, who has not been identified, was arrested on one count of murder and is being held without bail at Sylmar Juvenile Hall.
It’s unclear what the teen’s relationship is to the mother and children.
Police have not said how the children were killed or in what condition they were found, but the investigation is ongoing.
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.
“I kept hearing ‘my family is abusing me’ and (I) just kept hearing screaming but I couldn’t make out what she was saying,” said neighbor Prisila Canales.
Neighbors stopped by, dropping flowers and paying their respects Monday, after learning what happened inside the West Hills home.
Edilson Hernandez Castro told Eyewitness News that he played with the children when they first moved in, and said he hadn’t seen the kids in a while.
“When I heard of it, I got like worried for the kids, and I got really sad because we kinda got, had like a bonding time together,” Castro said.
“If you see somebody who you suspect is struggling, do something,” said West Hills resident Victoria Braund. “Say something to a family member. Say something to them. Just be proactive.”
And as the investigation continues, detectives say there are a lot of questions surrounding this case, but the one they really wanted answered is why did this happen.
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