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Three children found dead in Los Angeles-area home; mother detained

LOS ANGELES -- Three children were found dead in a home in the Torrance area on the west side of Los Angeles Tuesday evening, and their mother was being questioned by homicide investigators, authorities said.

When deputies arrived at the home, "they were met by family members who told the deputies that a mother had killed her children," Sheriff's Department officials said in a statement Tuesday night.

The victims ranged in age from 2 months old to 3 years old, the department said.

The incident was reported about 5:20 p.m. in an unincorporated area near Torrance, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The department sent out a news release shortly after the incident reported, saying only that homicide detectives were responding to a death investigation.

No other details were immediately available.

Since January 2007, at least 24 homicides have been reported within a mile of Tuesday's crime scene, according to The Times Homicide Report database.

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