Merced County deputies continue investigation into deaths of 3 children in Le Grand

UPDATE: Merced County Sheriff’s deputies arrest mother accused of killing 3 children in Le Grand apartment.

Wednesday, Jan. 12 report:

Merced County Sheriff’s deputies are continuing their investigation into the deaths of three young children, whose bodies were found inside a Le Grand apartment Wednesday afternoon.

The children were all under the age of 8, and their names have not been released. Sheriff’s deputies have also said a woman at the scene was taken to a regional hospital for life-threatening injuries that are believed to be self-inflicted.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Daryl Allen said deputies responded to the apartment at 13145 Brice St. at 2:10 p.m. to conduct a welfare check. A person was outside the complex, screaming for help.

Deputies then found the bodies.

Questions still remain about how the children died, and deputies have been relatively tight-lipped as they conduct their investigation.

“We’re still in the beginning stages of our investigation,” Allen said Wednesday. “All of our detectives just got out here on scene so we’re currently investigating what happened. We’re trying to collect statements from people who were in the area.”

Allen said family members came to the scene after the incident happened. He also said to have an incident like this happen in Le Grand, a relatively small community, comes as a shock to many.

“Le Grand is a very small town, it’s a very tight-knit town,” Allen said. “I can tell you that from living here for a long time. This whole town — I’m going to call it a family — everybody in this town knows everybody. So when something like this happens it affects everybody.”

The Merced County Sheriffs Office is investigating after three children were found dead inside a residence at an apartment complex in Le Grand, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. According to authorities, a woman was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Merced County Sheriffs Office is investigating after three children were found dead inside a residence at an apartment complex in Le Grand, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. According to authorities, a woman was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Merced County Sheriffs Office is investigating after three children were found dead inside a residence at an apartment complex in Le Grand, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. According to authorities, a woman was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Merced County Sheriffs Office is investigating after three children were found dead inside a residence at an apartment complex in Le Grand, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. According to authorities, a woman was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Merced County Sheriffs Office is investigating after three children were found dead inside a residence at an apartment complex in Le Grand, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. According to authorities, a woman was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Merced County Sheriffs Office is investigating after three children were found dead inside a residence at an apartment complex in Le Grand, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. According to authorities, a woman was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Merced County Sheriffs Office is investigating after three children were found dead inside a residence at an apartment complex in Le Grand, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. According to authorities, a woman was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Merced County Sheriffs Office is investigating after three children were found dead inside a residence at an apartment complex in Le Grand, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. According to authorities, a woman was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.