A California mother is accused of killing her 3 children in a murder-suicide attempt


Sheriff’s deputies in California arrived at a suburban apartment complex on Wednesday to find three dead children and their mother hanging from a string after attempting suicide.

31-year-old Patricia Ortiz, now the mother of three children in Le Grand, California, faces murder charges after killing her 3-, 5- and 8-year-old children.

According to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office, around 2:10 p.m., someone called for a welfare check at a home on Bryce Street in Le Grand.

Sheriff’s deputies in California arrived at a suburban apartment complex on Wednesday to find three dead children and their mother hanging from a string after attempting suicide.
(Fox 26 Fresno)

A California woman is injured, with 3 children dead inside the home

“When deputies arrived, they found three dead children inside the residence and an adult woman with self-inflicted injuries,” the department said in a statement Thursday.

Deputies said Ortiz was severely injured, investigators said. She took “life-saving measures” at the scene and was transported to the Merced County Jail for treatment before her expected booking.

On Wednesday, Sheriff's Department spokesman Darryl Allen said Le Grand is a small, tight town.

On Wednesday, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Darryl Allen said Le Grand is a small, tight town.
(Fox 26 Fresno)

Authorities identified the children as Alexa Ortiz Laura, 3; Matteo Ortiz Laura, 5; And Anna Ortiz Laura, 8.

On Wednesday, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Darryl Allen said Le Grand is a small, tight town.

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“Since I live here a long time, I can tell you this whole town – I call it family – everybody in this town knows everybody,” he said. “So when something like this happens, it affects everyone.”

He said the pending investigation could not yet reveal the cause of the child’s death or the nature of Ortiz’s injuries.

Deputies said Ortiz was severely injured, investigators said.  He was taken

Deputies said Ortiz was severely injured, investigators said. She took “life-saving measures” at the scene and was transported to the Merced County Jail for treatment before her expected booking.
(Fox 26 Fresno)

A neighbor, Elias Vargas, told local media he was at home when he heard a man scream and he saw him walking back and forth between the apartment complex and Le Grand Elementary, a few feet away.

“He said, ‘My children were killed!’ So I realized there was something serious at home, ā€¯Vargas told KFSN-TV.

The father of the children has been identified as Israel Ortiz in the Crowdfunding Post, which helps pay for funeral expenses for the family. He could not immediately be reached for comment Friday evening.

Online records have not yet shown Ortiz being held in the county jail Friday evening.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call detectives at (209) 385-7472.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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