What do you need to Know About Liliana Carrillo?
Police identified the victims’ mother, 30-year-old Liliana Carrillo, as the only suspect in the slayings. Three young children were found stabbed to death Saturday morning at an apartment in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Reseda. The children’s mother was later captured after a massive manhunt in Central California.
Liliana Carrillo Age
She is 30 years old.
Liliana Carrillo Sttabed her three Children
Los Angeles police confirmed to CBSLA that the stabbings were reported by the children’s grandmother at 9:30 a.m. at an apartment in the 8000 block of Reseda Boulevard.
A 6-month-old, a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names were not immediately released.
Neighbors spent much of the day in disbelief that such a heartbreaking crime was committed.
“It’s so sad,” said Mishal Hashima, who lives nearby. “Three children under the age of 3. What kind of person can do that?”
Investigators say Carrillo fled north on the 5 freeway where they believe she’s originally from. She is then suspected of a carjacking in the Bakersfield area and stolen a silver-colored Toyota pickup truck.
After LAPD shared Carrillo’s photo on social media and with neighboring law enforcement agencies, a motorist called 911 and reported a woman who looked like she was on the side of the road. The tip led to her arrest.
Just after 2 p.m., the LAPD reported that Carrillo was captured in the Tulare County community of Ponderosa in Central California, which is about four hours north of Reseda.
“She did a horrific crime here,” said LAPD Lieutenant Ben Fernandes, “then followed it up by another crime north of here. And it’s those behaviors that ultimately got her caught.”
Earlier in the day there were reports that the children died from stab wounds, but police say the cause of death has not been confirmed at this time.
Liliana Carrillo Motive, Charges
Police do not yet have a motive in the killings. It’s unclear where Carrillo resided, whether she had a criminal record or the location of the children’s father. LAPD is working to bring Carrillo back to Los Angeles from Tulare County to face charges.
Elizabeth Cuevas, who lives in the apartment above where the bodies were discovered, told the Times she never saw police respond to calls from the unit. She said she often heard the sounds of cartoons emanating from the apartment, often late into the night.
“Somebody snapped there, and they snapped in the wrong direction,” she said.
One of the children would often ask to pet Cuevas’ dog. She believes the trio was made up of two boys and one girl, the boys being the eldest and youngest.
“She was a perfect little angel. She was precious beyond what you could imagine,” Cuevas said to the Times. “An angel shouldn’t have to go that way.”
Dayna Campbell, a resident of Carrillo’s neighborhood, told NBC, “My heart is broken. Every time I see news about children like this, my heart breaks in pieces. And now, it’s like right in front of my building—it’s unbelievable.”