Charges upgraded for mother who claims she killed her 3 children ‘softly’ to protect them from human trafficking

A California woman is now facing murder charges, in connection with the deaths of her three young children.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, 30-year-old Liliana Carrillo was initially arrested for robbery after she reportedly stole a vehicle, following her children’s deaths.

The children’s grandmother came home from work at about 9:30 a.m. on April 10 and found them deceased inside a Reseda apartment. Carrillo had already fled the scene, but police caught up with her nearly 200 miles away.

Investigators said Carrillo headed north in her own vehicle but abandoned it after some kind of altercation in the Bakersfield area, the Associated Press reports. At that point, police said, she carjacked a vehicle and continued north in a stolen silver Toyota pickup truck until she was apprehended.

During an interview with KGET 17 News on April 15, Carillo admitted that she did kill her children “softly,” so that their father would use them for sex trafficking. Police said, however, that there is no evidence that the children’s father was involved in human trafficking.

“I drowned them. I did it as softly, I don’t know how to explain it,” Carillo said. “I promised them when they were born that I was going to protect them. I hugged them and I kissed them and I was apologizing the whole time.”

On April 19, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that Carrillo used a “knife as a deadly and dangerous weapon as to her youngest child.”

According to Patch, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office has placed a security hold on the autopsy reports for the children, but police are treated all three deaths as homicides.

Carrillo remains jailed on suspicion of second-degree robbery and three counts of murder.

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[Featured Photo: Liliana Carrillo, Police Handout/Denton Children, GoFundMe]