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Police seek leads in triple homicide where boy was tied, gagged

September 6, 2011 | 11:02 pm

Banning triple homicide
Banning police late Tuesday were still trying to piece together what led to three people being slain in an apartment where a 2-year-old boy was found bound and gagged.

The crime, which police described as "heinous," occurred in an apartment in the 100 block of North Phillips Street.

The boy was found by an officer who heard crying from a small space in the back of a room that had been converted into a bathroom, police said.

The three bodies -- the parents of the boy and another woman -- were discovered about 12:20 p.m. by a woman who was a friend of the parents, police said. She called 911 and reported three people not breathing.

Banning Police Chief Leonard T. Purvis said late Tuesday that investigators had not established a motive.

"We're still trying to put together a timeline on the victims," he told The Times, and "trying to locate witnesses."

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (951) 922-3170.


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Photo: Neighbors stand behind police tape.

Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times