Los Angeles Times

‘I drowned them. I wish my kids were alive, yes. Do I wish that I didn’t have to do that? Yes.’

- — Liliana Carrillo, mother of three children found dead in Reseda on Saturday

Los Angeles County prosecutor­s are expected to file murder charges against Carrillo this week.

The children’s grandmothe­r discovered the children — Joanna, 3; Terry, 2; and Sierra, 6 months — dead and their mother gone on Saturday morning at an apartment complex in Reseda, authoritie­s said. Two of the children showed signs of drowning, and all three had injuries that indicated they were bludgeoned. No cause of death has been publicly released. The Los Angeles Police Department has identified Carrillo, 30, as the suspect in their killings.

Carrillo is being held on $2-million bail and is expected to appear in a Kern County court Wednesday on the charges.

The charges come amid growing scrutiny over why L.A. County social workers did not remove the children from her care. L.A. County’s child welfare agency and the Los Angeles Police Department were alerted, on numerous occasions, that Carrillo was a danger to the young children, according to interviews by The Times with the children’s father and his family, along with court records and sources familiar with the investigat­ion. A Tulare County judge had awarded emergency custody to the father in February.

L.A. County’s Department of Children and Family Services, the largest child welfare agency in the nation, declined to comment Monday, citing state confidenti­ality laws.

Kern County’s district attorney this week charged Carrillo with four felonies — carjacking, attempted carjacking and two counts of taking a vehicle without an owner’s consent — which she is accused of committing after she crashed her own car on Highway 65 and then tried to steal another vehicle as she led authoritie­s on a long-distance chase.

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