A Los Angeles-area mother allegedly killed three of her children because she believed that they were possessed by demons – and was hospitalised just hours before the bodies of her children were recovered, it was revealed Wednesday.
Angela Dawn Flores, 38, was taken to a local hospital just before 1 a.m. on Sunday after a neighbour reported to authorities that she had entered their property with a copy of the Bible and a candle, according to The San Bernardino County Sun.
Flores had recently moved from Kansas to Los Angeles.
She appeared in court Wednesday on three counts of murder after she allegedly killed her children, Natalie Flores, 12, Kevin Yanez, 10, and Nathan Yanez, 8, admitting later to police that she was aided by her unnamed 16-year-old son.
She is being held on $6 million bail.
Neighbor Prisila Canales told KTTV that she heard Flores screaming late on Saturday night along the 225000 block of Victory Boulevard in West Hills in the San Fernando Valley.
‘I couldn’t see anybody and I kept hearing, ‘My family is abusing me!’ And just kept hearing screaming, but I couldn’t make out what she was saying,’ Canales said.
‘I can hear her saying, ‘Ow, ow, ow.’ I guess they were trying to arrest her or restrain her. They brought her out on the stretcher and she was laying down and would just pop up out of nowhere and yell, ‘Where’s my bible? Where’s my Bible?’
Canales told the Los Angeles Times that she saw Flores walk to her next-door neighbour’s yard to open a Bible and light candles.
The police were called and paramedics arrived at midnight. Flores was put on a stretcher and asked for her Bible as she tried to shake herself free.
‘The screaming you heard; you knew she was not OK,’ Canales said. ‘I can still hear her screaming.’
Around 7:40 a.m. later that morning, LAPD officers responded to Flores’ home after receiving a report of someone armed with a deadly weapon. At that time, Flores’ 16-year-old son was taken into custody.
Flores’ teenage son was the person who called the police, reports ABC Los Angeles.
In the evening, Flores was arrested after she admitted to killing her own children, authorities said. They have been named as 12-year-old Natalie Flores, 10-year-old Kevin Yanez and 8-year-old Nathan Yanez.
Kevin and Nathan Yanez were students at Ivy Academia, a charter school in West Hills, a neighbourhood in the western San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.
Flores previously lived in the Kansas City area and worked at a construction company there, according to her Facebook page.
The most recent visible post on Flores’ profile is a photo of a sign that reads: ‘Evangelist: A person who seeks to convert others especially by public preaching. A zealous advocate of a cause.’
Outside of the family’s home in West Hills, a shrine to the children has been created by neighbours.
Officials have not yet revealed how and when exactly the children died.
On May 11, Flores appeared in Van Nuys Courthouse. During her appearance, Flores said that she wished to delay her hearing as she faces three counts of murder.
Judge David Yaroslovsky granted the request. Her bail was set a $6 million. Flores will appear in court again in August.
Flores is being represented by a public defender in the case and is being held at the women’s jail in Lynwood, California.
While in juvenile court, Flores’ unnamed 16-year-old son pleaded not guilty to the crime of assisting his mother in one of the horrific murders. He is being held at Sylmar Juvenile Hall.
The teenager will appear in juvenile court again on May 25.
Flores divorced a man named Jacob Corona in 2005, who told the Los Angeles Times that a week before the horror, Flores called him and began to ramble about religion.
Corona said: ‘She was telling me all this stuff about God. She didn’t sound right. I don’t really know what happened.’
He added that he shares a child with Flores but that child was not harmed in the incident. The child does not live with the suspect.
Corona went on to say: ‘She was not really religious before. But then she was talking about death. I told her, ‘What’s going on?’ My head was going over so many things, but I didn’t think anything of it.’
Neighbour Stephen Hayes, 71, said he saw the family riding bikes.
‘They look like nice, normal people. It is one of the nicest looking houses in the block,’ he said.
A neighbour who lives a block away said he heard muffled cries from a child Saturday night.
‘I thought I was just dreaming,’ he said. ‘I thought West Hills was supposed to be safe. Nothing is safe nowadays.’
Source: Daily Mail