Mother Drowns Her Three Children


Los Angeles, California – Liliana Carrillo, mother of Joanna Maria, 3, Terry Joseph, 2, and Sierra Sequoia, 6 months, was put in jail for drowning the three children. According to, “Carrillo told the Bakersfield television station that she killed the children, ages 6 months, 2 and 3 years old, to protect them from their father, who she claimed was involved in human trafficking.”

The grandmother of the victims found the three children, “The victims’ grandmother found their bodies about 9:30 a.m. Saturday in an apartment in the 8000 block of Reseda Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Carrillo was nowhere to be found.” (

During a disturbing interview with Carrillo and 17’s Eytan Wallace, “I drowned them. I did it as softly. I don’t know how to explain it. I hugged them. I kissed them. I was apologizing the whole time. I loved my kids. I wish my kids were alive, yes. Do I wish I didn’t have to do that, yes? But I prefer them not being tortured and abused on a regular basis for the rest of their life.” 

When she was asked what the last thing she said to her children she said, “I love you. And I’m sorry.” 

According to, “Denton’s court filings tell of Carrillo’s postpartum depression following the birth of their middle child. She began therapy but quit. She self-medicated with marijuana, he claimed. In texts and social media posts, she said things like “I wish I never had kids” and threatened to kill herself.” “Erik Denton, Carrillo’s ex-boyfriend and the father of the children, had petitioned the court for custody March 1, alleging that Carrillo was delusional and had taken the kids and refused to tell him where they were.”

According to,“‘I tried to drive off the top off a cliff and die.’ She was arrested before carrying out an attempt to take her own life.” According to, “Expert criminal defense attorney Doug Ridley says Denton’s claims in custody hearings that Carrillo suffered from postpartum depression, along with other mental health issues, is a likely strategy her defense attorney will use to prove she’s mentally unfit to stand trial.‘It would really surprise me if she ended up in a psych ward rather than standing trial and going to prison for the rest of her life in a case like this,” Ridley said. 

‘It’s so horrific and we don’t even know all the details yet. We have one report that says that the children were stabbed. And then we have another report that says they were drowned, and the official report is that they’re still trying to determine the cause of death.’ Ridley added that Carrillo’s jailhouse murder confession will most likely weaken any legal motion proving she’s not fit to stand trial. 

‘She’s making coherent sentences, so I believe that that video is going to be proof that she is competent, but then all of the other mental health considerations go into a defense, whether that is postpartum, whether that’s battered woman syndrome, or some other mental defense,’ he said.”

Psychiatrist Ananya Sreepathi stated that given Carrillo claims that she killed her children to protect them from their father, he would evaluate her for the most extreme case of postpartum depression along with any mental health issues. “Often times in postpartum psychosis, women can have delusions about the baby or hallucinations, like hearing voices telling them to do certain things to harm the baby.”