Boy gagged, tied up at triple-homicide scene but unhurt
A 2-year-old boy was found bound and gagged Tuesday afternoon in a closet at a triple-homicide scene in Banning but was uninjured, the Riverside Press Enterprise reported.
The father of one of the victims told the news organization that a "dope gang" was responsible for the slayings.
"I want the beast who did this to know that was God's child," Purvis Hunt said. "My God's going to find you and make you pay."
After discovering the three bodies in the home around 12:30 p.m., police searched for about three hours before finding the boy in the closet. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital.
James Alexander-Pace, 64, told The Times that his son used to date the boy’s mother, who was also found slain in the home near North Phillips and East Williams streets. The other victim was identified as an adult female.
Alexander-Pace said the child's mother had trouble holding down a job and moved around a lot. She was on welfare and stayed home with the boy but was thinking about going to cosmetology school, according to Alexander-Pace.
“She could hold her own," he said of the mother. "She took care of herself and her baby like any mother would."
Alexander-Pace said he had always regarded the boy as his grandson. He attended the baby shower and stayed in touch with the mother after the child was born. He had last talked to her three or four days ago.
“I felt connected to take care of him," he said, "and help out his other grandparents.”
Photo: Home where the three bodies were found. Credit: KTLA-TV