Liliana Carrillo, 30, made the revelation throughout a sitdown with KGET-TV inside a Kern County jail the place she is being held for an alleged carjacking dedicated whereas fleeing authorities after the kids have been found lifeless on April 10.
“I drowned them,” stated Carrillo, who was carrying a brown jumpsuit along with her arms shackled to her waist and a bandage on her left arm.
“I did it as softly, I don’t know the way to clarify it, however I hugged them and I kissed them and I used to be apologizing the entire time,” she stated. “I liked my children.”
The children have been reportedly stabbed to dying in a scene that left many shaken, together with first responders, a few of whom wanted counseling afterward.
Carrillo stated she wished to guard the kids — Three-year-old Joanna Denton Carrillo, her 2-year-old brother, Terry, and 6-month-old sister, Sierra — from their father, whom she accused of intercourse abuse and human trafficking. The couple had been concerned in a bitter baby custody battle on the time of the slayings.
She admitted to being utterly sober on the time of the killings, regardless of what she referred to as a historical past of postpartum despair and marijuana use. When requested why she killed the kids, Carrillo stated she did not need them to be additional abused. She has not but been charged within the Los Angeles killings.
The kids have been discovered lifeless Saturday by their grandmother in her Reseda residence. Carrillo was arrested hours later practically 200 miles north in Tulare County. She instructed the TV station that she tried to kill herself by driving off a cliff however her automotive turned caught in a ditch.
She then allegedly carjacked a car from good Samaritan. She is being held in Kern County on carjacking and auto theft costs, of which she has pleaded not responsible.
She beforehand accused the childrens’ father, Erik Denton, of a part of a intercourse trafficking ring that she claimed runs rampant in Porterville, a small metropolis in central California the place the household lived till the top of February. He has denied the allegations.
In court docket filings, he stated Carrillo was delusional and refused to inform him the place his children have been. He additionally stated she suffered from post-traumatic stress dysfunction on account of childhood abuse.
“I’m very involved about my accomplice,” Denton wrote within the custody paperwork, “and need to get her the assistance she must recuperate from this psychological break and to turn into steady. I would like her interactions with the kids to be secure and wholesome.”
Denton’s court docket filings inform of Carrillo’s post-partum despair following the beginning of their center baby. In texts and social media posts, she stated issues like “I want I by no means had children” and threatened to kill herself.
Within the interview, Carrillo described herself as a “social justice warrior” who traveled up and down California advocating in opposition to human trafficking.
She stated she didn’t need her youngsters to endure anymore abuse.
“I want my children have been alive, sure,” she stated. “Do I want that I didn’t have to try this? Sure. However I want them not being tortured and abused regularly for the remainder of their lives.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.