California mother charged with murdering her 3 children in attempted murder-suicide – Novonite πŸ’₯πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ’₯

California sheriff’s officers arrived at a suburban apartment complex on Wednesday to find three dead children and their mother clinging to a thread after attempting suicide.

Now Patricia Ortiz, a 31-year-old mother of three from Le Grand, California, is being charged with murder after allegedly murdering her 3-, 5-, and 8-year-olds.

According to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office, someone filed for social assistance benefits at a house on Brice Street in Le Grand around 2:10 p.m.

California sheriff’s officers arrived at a suburban apartment complex on Wednesday to find three dead children and their mother clinging to a thread after attempting suicide.
(FOX 26 Fresno)

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β€œWhen officers arrived, they found three deceased children in the residence, along with an adult woman who suffered from what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds,” the department said in a statement on Thursday.

Deputies found Ortiz with serious injuries, investigators said. They took β€œlife-saving measures” at the scene and she was rushed to a hospital for treatment pending her expected booking at the Merced County Jail.

On Wednesday, sheriff’s spokesman Daryl Allen said Le Grand is a small, close-knit town.
(FOX 26 Fresno)

Authorities identified the children as Alexa Ortiz Lara, 3; Matteo Ortiz Lara, 5; and Anna Ortiz Lara, 8.

On Wednesday, sheriff’s spokesman Daryl Allen said Le Grand is a small, close-knit town.

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β€œI can tell you that by living here for a long time, this whole city β€” I’m going to call it a family β€” everyone in this city knows everyone,” he said. β€œSo when something like that happens, it affects everyone.”

He said he could not yet reveal the cause of death of the children or the nature of Ortiz’s injuries due to the ongoing investigation.

Deputies found Ortiz with serious injuries, investigators said. They took

Deputies found Ortiz with serious injuries, investigators said. They took β€œlife-saving measures” at the scene and she was rushed to a hospital for treatment pending her expected booking at the Merced County Jail.
(FOX 26 Fresno)

Elias Vargas, a neighbor, told local media he was at home when he heard a man screaming and then saw him pacing back and forth between the apartment complex and Le Grand Elementary, a few yards away.

β€œHe said, β€˜My children have been killed!’ so that’s when I realized something serious had happened in the house,” Vargas told KFSN-TV.

The children’s father was identified as Israel Ortiz in a crowdfunding post set up to help the family cover funeral costs. He was not immediately available for comment Friday night.

Online records show that Ortiz has not yet been taken into custody in the county jail on Friday night.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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

California mother charged with murdering her 3 children in attempted murder-suicide – Novonite

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