California mom charged with killing her 3 kids in attempted murder-suicide

California sheriff's deputies arrived at a suburban apartment complex Wednesday to find three dead children and their mother hanging on by a thread after a suicide attempt.
Now Patricia Ortiz, a 31-year-old mother of three from Le Grand, California, will face murder charges after allegedly killing her 3-, 5-, and 8-year-olds.
Someone called in a welfare check to a home on Brice Street in Le Grand around 2:10 p.m., according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities identified the children as Alexa Ortiz Lara, 3; Matteo Ortiz Lara, 5; and Anna Ortiz Lara, 8.
On Wednesday, sheriff’s department spokesman Daryl Allen said Le Grand is a small, tight-knit town.
He said he could not yet reveal the children’s cause of death or the nature of Ortiz’s injuries due to the pending investigation.
Elias Vargas, a neighbor, told local media he was home when he heard a man screaming and then saw him walking back and forth between the apartment complex and Le Grand Elementary, a few feet away.
"He said, ‘My kids were killed!’ so that’s when I realized something serious happened there at the house," Vargas told KFSN-TV.
The children’s father was identified as Israel Ortiz in a crowdfunding post that was set up to help the family cover funeral expenses.
Online records did not yet show Ortiz in custody at the county jail Friday evening.
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If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).