Mom charged with killing her 3 young children in Reseda

The Reseda mother who police accused of killing her three children on April 10 has now been charged with their deaths, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors on Monday, April 19, said they filed three counts of murder against Liliana Carrillo, 30, for allegedly killing the children: 3-year-old daughter Joanna, 2-year-old son Terry, and daughter Sierra, who was just over 6 months old.

Police and deputies from Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley said soon after the killings, Carrillo fled through Kern County, crashing her car there hours later.

After the crash, deputies said Carrillo carjacked a woman who stopped to help her. She was later arrested in Tulare County.

Carrillo was transferred back to Kern County, where on April 14 she was arraigned on carjacking, attempted carjacking and vehicle theft charges. She pleaded not guilty to all of them.

She’s is currently being held in Kern County on more than $2 million bail, a large amount prosecutors said was due to what they knew from police looking at Carrillo for the killings.

Still unclear was exactly how all the children died. Initially, police indicated the children were stabbed. But later, Carrillo herself, in an on-camera interview with KGET in Bakersfield days after her arraignment, told a reporter she drowned the children.

On Monday, prosecutors in L.A. County filed an allegation against Carrillo that she used a knife in the killing of the youngest child. They have not filed such allegations in the other deaths.

Detectives in LAPD’s Abused Child Section have not responded to requests for comment about the killings. And the L.A. County D.A.’s office did not respond to an emailed question Monday.

It could not be immediately determined whether Carrillo had an attorney in L.A. County. The public defender’s office in Kern County, which was assigned to her on the carjacking cases, hasn’t returned a request for comment.

LAPD detectives swarmed her apartment in the 8000 block of Reseda Boulevard almost two weeks ago after the grandmother of the children found them all dead inside.

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