In a chilling jailhouse interview, a California mother accused of drowning her three young children before going on a carjacking spree admitted to drowning them “as quietly as she could.”
Liliana Carrillo, 30, said that she wanted to shield her son and two daughters from their father, whom she believes is a human trafficker who would have exploited them.
Carrillo’s children, Joanna Denton Carrillo, 3, Terry, 2, and 6-month-old Sierra, were discovered dead in their grandmother’s apartment in Reseda, Los Angeles, on Saturday, April 10. Their mother was nowhere to be found.
She was later investigated for carjacking after allegedly stealing a truck. In her interview, she said that she wanted to drive off a cliff and commit suicide.
‘I suffocated them. I did it as quietly as possible; I’m not sure how to describe it. ‘I didn’t want them to be humiliated anymore,’ Carrillo said during an interview with KGET-TV at the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility in Kern County.
‘When they were born, I told them that I would protect them.’ ‘I hugged and kissed them and apologized the whole time,’ she said. ‘I adored my children.’
‘Yes, I wish my children were still alive.’ Isn’t it true that I wish I didn’t have to do that? But I’d rather they weren’t tortured and humiliated every day for the rest of their lives.’
In the meantime, Carrillo has not been charged with the deaths of her children in Los Angeles County.
Carrillo and the children’s father, Erik Denton, were involved in a bitter custody battle, according to court documents.
Denton filed a custody motion with the court on March 1, arguing that Carrillo was insane and had abducted the children without telling him where they were.
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Carrillo filed a restraining order against Denton in response to his filing, alleging that he was an alcoholic who might have sexually assaulted their eldest child.
Carrillo suffered from post-partum depression after the birth of their middle child, according to Denton’s court documents. He said she started counseling but stopped and self-medicated with marijuana.
He claims she tried to kill herself and said things like ‘I wish I never had kids’ in texts and social media messages.
Carrillo said in her interview that she had struggled with depression, anxiety, and PTSD her entire life and had sought treatment for postpartum depression, but that it was her husband who was a danger to the baby.
Carrillo said that her daughter and son had shown signs of violence and that she had attempted but failed to seek support from social services and law enforcement.
She said, ‘They were just going to hand them over to the dad.’
Denton and Carrillo reached an agreement through the courts to swap Denton’s days so he could see the kids for a few hours every other Sunday.
It was supposed to be his second visit with the kids under the new schedule last Sunday, but he arrived late because they were all dead.
Carrillo said that she plans to be incarcerated for the rest of her life.
‘I love you, and I’m sorry,’ she said when asked what her last message to her children was.