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California mom in custody after 3 daughters killed

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A grandmother arrived at a dilapidated home on a busy Southern California street to visit her daughter and three grandchildren, only to find the girls' small, blood-covered bodies neatly arranged on a bed.

Neighbors and authorities say the woman frantically ran outside, throwing a bloody knife to the ground and told the girls' father, who was working on a car, that his wife had gone crazy and killed all the kids. Then she called 911.

"'Oh my God, oh my God,'" he screamed after learning his daughters were dead, said next-door neighbor Veronica Ruiz, who watched the aftermath unfold.

Authorities said 30-year-old Carol Coronado remained hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday after being taken from the grisly scene Tuesday afternoon covered in blood and naked under a blanket, with multiple self-inflicted stab and slice wounds.

She's expected to be arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of her daughters, who were 2 years, 16 months and 2 months old, after she is released from the hospital, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Coleman said.

"The babies were on the bed," Coleman said. "And not in a haphazard fashion, they were placed on the bed, so how and where they were killed, we're going to have to figure that out."

Investigators were reviewing Coronado's medical records and her service in the military. She joined the Army after high school but only spent a few months in the service before being released due to an injury, Coleman said.

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