California woman says she drowned children to protect them

Liliana Carrillo (Photo: Los Angeles Police Department)

BAKERSFIELD, CA (AP) — A California woman has said in a jailhouse interview that she drowned her three young children to protect them from abuse by their father in the midst of a custody battle.

Liliana Carrillo was interviewed Thursday by KGET-TV.

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Carrillo alleges that the father, Erik Denton, had sexually abused the children and says she regrets killing them but felt it was the only way to keep them safe.

Carrillo’s children were found dead Saturday in Los Angeles.

She hasn’t been charged with their deaths but was arrested nearly 200 miles north and has pleaded not guilty to carjacking.

The children’s father had contended their mother was delusional and a threat to their safety.