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Mother suspected of trying to drown two daughters, ages 1 and 5

February 15, 2012 |  9:31 am

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A South Los Angeles mother is suspected of trying to drown her two young daughters in a bathtub Wednesday morning, Los Angeles police said.

The girls, ages 1 and 5, were found by a relative unconscious and not breathing, Deputy Chief Pat Gannon said. They were rushed to California Hospital Medical Center in extremely critical condition.

The mother has been taken into custody but has not yet been booked.

"It seems the mother snapped," Gannon said.

LAPD's child abuse unit is taking over the investigation.

Smith said that the children were found about 7:30 a.m. in the bathroom of a small garage that had been converted into a residence in the 900 block of West 50th Street in the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Vermont Square.

A neighbor told KTLA that he heard the children's father come home from the grocery store and learned of the news. "My babies! my babies!" the father was heard screaming, he said.

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Photo: Scene from the air. Credit: KTLA News.

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