Coroner releases names of 3 children found dead in West Hills home on Mother’s Day – Daily Breeze

The West Hills mother who was found ranting and clutching a Bible in a neighbor’s backyard late Saturday before three of her children were found dead inside her home on Mother’s Day now faces murder charges for the killings.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Angela Dawn Flores, 38, in the deaths of 12-year-old Natalie Flores, 10-year-old Kevin Yanez, 8-year-old Nathan Yanez.

“We all grieve for these children,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement announcing the charges. “The loss of their young lives is a tragedy that has affected our entire community.”

The coroner’s office identified all three of the children on Tuesday. Officials would not release a cause of death for any of them.

Police discovered the children’s bodies at the home in the 22500 block of Victory Boulevard on Sunday, May 8, hours after neighbors reported their mother’s strange behavior.

They said Flores was heard screaming near the home and later in her neighbor’s yard, clutching a candle and a Bible. Paramedics took her away.

By Sunday morning, someone called 911 reporting an assault with a deadly weapon at the home. When officers went inside, they found all the children unresponsive.

“As you can imagine this was a horrific and tragic scene for all involved,” LAPD Assistant Chief Dominic Choi told members of the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday.

Detectives with LAPD’s Juvenile Division interviewed Flores on Sunday night and arrested her at around 9 pm She was booked and is being held in jail in Van Nuys on $6 million bail. Police said she admitted the killings.

A 16-year-old boy taken from the home Sunday was also arrested and booked in juvenile hall in Sylmar. Police have not identified the teen, but in a statement LAPD said they believe he assisted Flores in one killing.

The teen was still in custody Tuesday, but there was no mention of the child in the DA’s announcement of charges for Flores. When asked if the boy would also be charged, a spokesman for Gascón’s office said he could not comment.

Still, the announcement indicated there could be additional charges.

“My prosecutors are working to hold accountable those responsible for their deaths,” Gascón said in the statement.

Flores and the children were not well known in the West Hills neighborhood where they lived, with neighbors saying they’d only seen the family move in within the last few months. They said they believed Flores was renting the home.

The house was last sold in 2017. A man listed as the current owner did not respond to multiple phone calls.

Property records, a trail on social media and other clues indicate Flores was from Kansas City, Missouri. Why she moved her family to Los Angeles was not clear in the days after the killings.

On Sunday, LAPD detectives could be seen moving through the home and collecting evidence as they investigated the deaths of the children.

They placed evidence markers in the street where the night before, as she was acting erratically, Flores appeared to have left items behind: several business cards for a Missouri-based real estate company were scattered in the gutter just outside the home.

The name of the company, Velocity Homes, matched the employer Flores listed on her Facebook page, where she last posted on May 1.

“Evangelist: A person who seeks to convert others especially by public preaching,” the post read. “A zealous advocate of a cause.”

Other posts show Flores in colorful clothes at parties and with children in a park.

“There is nothing more dangerous than a woman aware of the power of her smile,” she wrote on March 14.

According to CBS2, Nathan and Kevin Yanez went to Ivy Academia, a West Hills charter school. Board members for the school did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

It’s not clear if local officials went to the home any time before Sunday. A captain for the LAPD Topanga Division declined to comment. And officials with the LA County Department of Children and Family Services could not say whether Flores or the children had any contact with the agency.

Staff writer Eric Licas contributed to this report.

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