Los Angeles, CA – A 38-year-old California woman was arrested on murder charges after police found the bodies of her three young children inside her West Hills home on Mother’s Day.
Police said Angela Flores, 38, told them she killed her children with the help of her 16-year-old son because she believed the kids were possessed by demons, KABC reported.
The series of events leading to Flores’ arrest began on May 7, when she went to her neighbors’ home and spent several hours sitting on their porch while acting erratically.
They said they also observed Flores lighting candles in a yard.
The neighbors eventually called police.
“She started to scream, asking for the Bible. ‘Where is my Bible?’” neighbor Blanca Hernandez told KABC. “Then she said ‘You know, you know, I killed my kids.’ But they think she was crazy. The police, they think that she was crazy.”
Officers responded to the scene and Flores was ultimately taken to the hospital to get help at about midnight, the Los Angeles Times reported.
She allegedly fought with paramedics as they were trying to load her into an ambulance, according to witnesses.
“The screaming you heard — you knew she was not OK,” neighbor Prisila Canales told the Los Angeles Times. “I can still hear her screaming.”
Police said they did not conduct a welfare check at Flores’ home on Saturday night and noted they initially didn’t even know where she’d come from, KABC reported.
Hernandez, who placed the call to police after Flores showed up in her yard, said she had no idea the woman was one of her neighbors, according to CBS News.
“I never saw her, if she lived here or she lived there. I never saw her,” Hernandez told the news outlet.
The following morning, on Mother’s Day, Flores’ 16-year-old son went to a neighbor’s home at approximately 7:30 a.m. to call police about an assault with a deadly weapon at the family’s home, KABC reported.
Officers responded to the 22500-block of Victory Boulevard and entered Flores’ residence, where they found the bodies of eight-year-old Nathan Yanez, 10-year-old Kevin Yanez, and 12-year-old Natalie Flores.
Police said Flores confessed to having murdered her children with the help of her teenage son, KABC reported.
She allegedly said she repeatedly jumped on the victims in an attempt to drive demons out of them, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Investigators have not released information regarding how the children were killed or when the murders took place.
Flores also has three other children, all of whom live with their father out-of-state, the New York Post reported.
Her ex-husband, Jacob Corona, said he and Flores have one child together who resides with him and is safe, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Corona said he last spoke with Flores about a week before the children were killed.
“She was telling me all this stuff about God,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “She didn’t sound right. I don’t really know what happened. … She was not really religious before. But then she was talking about death. I told her, ‘What’s going on?’ My head was going over so many things, but I didn’t think anything of it.”
Flores’ son, whose name has not been released, has been arrested on one charge of murder and was being held without bail at Sylmar Juvenile Hall, KABC reported.
Flores was charged with three counts of murder and was being held on $6 million bail.
“We all grieve for these children. The loss of their young lives is a tragedy that has affected our entire community,” Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon said, according to KABC. “My prosecutors are working to hold accountable those responsible for their deaths.”
According to court and property records, Flores and her children recently moved to Los Angeles from the Kansas City area, The Orange County Register reported.
Her landlord, Mike Vosogh, said he met the children just weeks before they were murdered.
“I find this heart-wrenching, especially because I knew the innocent, young children,” Vosogh told The Orange County Register. “I hope the responsible parties receive the maximum available punishment under the law.”
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services was unable to comment on whether or not the agency had previous involvement with Flores or her children, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Juvenile Division’s Abused Child Unit is handling the ongoing investigation.