Sunday, April 18, 2021

California woman says she drowned children to protect them

 A California woman suspected of killing her three children in the midst of a bitter custody battle said Thursday that she drowned them to keep them away from their father, a television station reported.


In a jailhouse interview, Liliana Carrillo, 30, told KGET-TV that she wanted to “protect” them from abuse, the station reported.

The children's father, Erik Denton, contended in court papers filed earlier this year that Carrillo was increasingly delusional and that the children weren't safe with her. Denton did not immediately respond to a Facebook message seeking comment on Friday morning on the abuse claims.

During an outing last February at a park, the couple's oldest daughter fell and landed on her groin area and later said it hurt, according to court documents filed in the custody case. Carrillo believed the pain was from Denton molesting her, a claim he denied, the documents said.

He said she was checked by a doctor who found no evidence of abuse, but Carrillo contended that the examination wasn’t thorough enough, the court documents said.

Carrillo told the TV station that she'd promised her children when they were born that she would protect them and did not want them to be further abused.

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