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Boy stabbed to death in apparent murder-suicide [Updated]

July 18, 2009 | 11:21 am

A neighbor reacts

[Updated at 1:16 p.m.:  Police at the scene of the apparent murder-suicide earlier said the victim was a 5-year-old girl.]

A young boy in Highland Park was apparently stabbed multiple times today by his mother, who then slit her own wrists, authorities said.

The mother and son were pronounced dead at the scene, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Herrera.

Herrera said the apparent stabbing and suicide occurred about 9:37 a.m. in the 300 block of Vista Place.

Police investigate [Updated at 12:03 p.m.] Police had cordoned off Vista Place, a narrow alley across the street from Garvanza Park. The bodies were found in a white, two-story house. Some neighbors were standing in their driveways watching the police activity.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photos: Top, Henry Lemus, 26, a neighbor, reacts to news of the apparent murder-suicide. Below, police investigate the crime scene. Credit: Christina House / For The Times