Mother of 3 children found dead in Calif. apartment charged with murder

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 6:11 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 3:39 PM CST
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LE GRAND, Calif. (AP) — Officials say the mother of three children found dead inside a home in central California has been charged with murder.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office says deputies doing a welfare check found the 3-, 5- and 8-year-old children Wednesday in a Merced County apartment.

The office says they also found the children’s mother, Patricia Ortiz, with what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds.

Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Daryl Allen says the 31-year-old Ortiz was taken to a hospital and was expected to be released Thursday and taken to jail.

Allen said he couldn’t discuss how the children died or describe Ortiz’s injuries due to the ongoing investigation.

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