Three children under 8 are found dead in California apartment

‘My kids were killed’: Three children under 8 are found dead in California apartment – and woman with severe ‘self-inflicted’ wounds is rushed to hospital

Three children under the age of eight were found dead inside a small-town California apartment and a woman with ‘self-inflicted’ injuries was flown to the hospital, police report. 

The three kids, who were not identified by police, were found around 2pm on Wednesday inside an apartment in Le Grand, about 150 miles east of San Francisco. 

The woman inside the apartment was found with severe ‘self-inflicted’ wounds and has been transported to the hospital via helicopter in ‘life-threatening’ condition, police said. 

Police have not released the woman’s relationship to the children, but neighbors said a family lived in the apartment. 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department was called to the Brice Street residence for a welfare check after receiving several reports of a man outside the apartment screaming: ‘My kids were killed.’ 

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Three children under the age of eight were killed inside a Le Grand, California, apartment (pictured) on Wednesday afternoon. A woman was also found inside with ‘self-inflicted’ injuries and was taken to a hospital with ‘life-threatening’ injuries

Several residents called the Mercer County Sheriff's Office reported that a man was outside screaming: 'My kids were killed.' Although police have not received the relationship between the children and the woman, neighbors reported that a family lived inside the residence

Several residents called the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office reported that a man was outside screaming: ‘My kids were killed.’ Although police have not received the relationship between the children and the woman, neighbors reported that a family lived inside the residence 

Deputy Daryl Allen said the department is investigating the incident and that this case will 'affect' the small town of 1700 people

Deputy Daryl Allen said the department is investigating the incident and that this case will ‘affect’ the small town of 1700 people 

Neighbor Elias Vargas was home when the man, whose identity was not disclosed, was walking between the apartment and Le Grand Elementary, which is just steps from the residence. 

‘He was kind of yelling hysterically, saying: “My kids were killed,” so that’s when I knew something serious had happened,’ Vargas told WFMZ. 

‘It’s just a shock for the community right now to see this kind of stuff happen.’ 

Allen also reported that family members and community members were on the scene

Allen also reported that family members and community members were on the scene

The young victims were found dead inside the apartment, but how they died has not been disclosed as police continue to investigate. 

‘We’re still in the beginning stages of our investigation,’ Deputy Daryl Allen told the Mercer Sun-Star. ‘We’re trying to collect statements from people who were in the area.’   

Neighbor Elisa Vargas was home when the man started screaming 'my kids were killed'

Neighbor Elisa Vargas was home when the man started screaming ‘my kids were killed’

Allen did report that other family members, as well as community members, were at the scene on Wednesday.  

‘[We have been] in contact with the family members to let them know what has happened,’ Allen said. ‘This is a very stressful time for everybody, especially family members.

‘Le Grand is a very small town, it’s a very tight-knit town. I can tell you that from living here for a long time,’ Allen said, before calling the small town of 1700 people – that’s roughly 50 miles outside of Fresno – a ‘family.’ 

‘Everyone in this town knows everybody, so when something like this happens, it affects everybody,’ he said. ‘This right here is going to affect this town.’ 

The case is being investigated as a potential murder-suicide. No one has been charged. 

DailyMail.com has contacted the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department for comment.  

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