Mother Charged With Murder in Deaths of Three Children at East LA Home — (NBC Universal, Inc.)

SSRI Ed note: Loving Mom "suffers depression" after birth of youngest, kills them, attempts suicide, charged with murder. Classic profile of antidepressant-induced violence.

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What to Know

  • Three children, all under age 5, were found dead in a bedroom Monday at an East Los Angeles home.
  • Their 28-year-old mother was charged with three counts of murder.
  • Details about a cause of death have not been released.

The mother of three children found dead at an East Los Angeles home was charged Wednesday with three counts of murder.

Sandra Chico, 28, faces three counts each of murder and assault on a child causing death. Her arraignment was continued to July 21.

Bail was set at $6 million. It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney.

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Sandra Chico is pictured in this undated photo.

Deputies launched a suspicious death investigation Monday after the children were discovered unresponsive in the home by some relatives. The victims, ages 4, 3 and 1 month, were found in a bedroom at the home in the 600 block of Ferris Avenue.

Deputies responded to the home after a rescue call, indicating the children were not breathing. Paramedics responded, but the children — a girl and two boys — died at the scene.

The children were identified Tuesday by the coroner as Mia Camila Rodriguez, 4, Mason Mateo Rodriguez, 3, and Milan Mateas Rodriguez, 1 month. A family member told NBCLA that the youngest child was 6 months old.

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The coroner’s office identified three children found dead Monday June 28, 2021 in an East Los Angeles home as Mia Camila Rodriguez, 4, Mason Mateo Rodriguez, 3, and Milan Mateas Rodriguez, 1 month.

The children’s paternal grandmother, Rosabla Castillo, speaking Spanish, called it a great loss for their family. She told NBCLA Chico had been suffering from depression following the birth of her youngest child.

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Relatives, including Sandra Chico’s younger sister, said the mother-of-three had been struggling with postpartum depression. Photo / Supplied

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Sandra Chico, 28, appeared in court but a judge postponed until next month her arraignment on three counts each of murder and assault on a child causing death.

Her bail amount was raised from US$2 million to US$6 million.

Sandra Chico, 28, appeared in court but a judge postponed until next month her arraignment on three counts each of murder and assault on a child causing death. Photo / Supplied

In an instant, three innocent children were taken from us and we are crestfallen,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.
“Nothing is more heartbreaking than the tragic betrayal of a parent failing to protect their children.”

The children were found dead in a bedroom of their home on Monday.

Authorities have said there were no obvious signs of trauma and authorities hadn’t been called to the home by any previous indications of trouble.

The prosecution statement didn’t specify the cause of death. However, family members have said Chico suffered from depression and that she suffocated them and then tried to kill herself, KABC-TV reported.Chico was initially detained, and authorities announced her arrest on Tuesday.

The coroner’s office identified the children as Mia Camila Rodriguez, 4, and her brothers Mason Mateo Rodriguez, 3, and Milan Mateas Rodriguez, who was 1 month old.

Details about a cause of death were not immediately available. NBCLA reached out to the coroner’s office Wednesday, but was told the examination is pending.

The children’s uncle arrived at the scene as their mother was taken into custody Monday.

“She would do anything for those kids,” said Arturo Cerezo. “That’s what’s so hard to understand. What happened?”

Candles, flowers and other items were left outside the home in memory of the children. Neighbors gathered there Tuesday night for a vigil.

Preliminary information revealed no prior reports of abuse or child neglect to this location or the involved individual, the sheriff’s department said.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.