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LAPD overlooked 3 dead children inside home for 7 hours after mother taken away

Richard Winton and Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times on

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She admitted killing the children with the help of a 16-year-old boy, police said. Law enforcement sources say the teen is Flores’ son and he helped restrain one of the children who fought Flores during the attack. He, too, now faces a murder charge.

Prisila Canales, who lives with her father a few houses away from Flores’ home, said she heard a woman screaming, “My family is abusing me!” about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

After police and paramedics were called, Canales said the woman tried to get herself free as she was being taken away on a stretcher and shouted, “Where’s my Bible?”

It is unclear whether Flores identified herself or had anything with her that indicated where her house was. Her front door sits behind an imposing black fence, and she was found 25 yards away.

Primo Canales, who has lived in the neighborhood for nearly 30 years, said Flores moved in a few months ago. He said a neighbor did not recognize her when she was spotted in the yard.

Flores did not own the property and had been renting. Relatives say they relocated during the pandemic from Missouri.

On Wednesday, Flores appeared in a Van Nuys superior court after being charged with murder. She hid behind a security door and tried to dodge media cameras as a judge ordered she be held on $6-million bail. Her arraignment has been delayed until Aug. 10.


According to Hamilton with the LAPD, Flores had previously never been committed for a mental evaluation in California.

In July, her social media posts revealed she had relocated to Downey from the Kansas City area. “I am a mother of six and I’m currently undergoing breast cancer treatments. I work in the real estate field...I have 4 kids still at home,” she wrote in a group called LA Mommies on Facebook.

Less than a week before police found the children at the home, Flores called her ex-husband Jacob Corona in what he described as an odd phone call.

“She was telling me all this stuff about God. She didn’t sound right. I don’t really know what happened,” Corona said.

Corona and Flores have been divorced for more than a decade and did not keep in regular contact over the years. The two had a child together, but they were not in California with Flores, Corona said.

The children’s relatives have since started a GoFundMe to pay for funeral expenses and transport them to Kansas for burial.

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