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Man detained in Sacramento County killings of mother, 2 toddlers

October 24, 2012 |  8:57 am


Sacramento County officials detained a man for questioning early Wednesday in the triple homicide of a young Rancho Cordova mother and two small children, they said.

The white Chrysler minivan missing from the scene of the violent homicides was located at a Denny's restaurant in Rocklin about 2 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos told the Sacramento Bee.

An adult male believed to be in possession of the van was found inside the restaurant by Rocklin police officers and detained without incident, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Authorities said they believe the van was stolen from the duplex where the woman and her two toddlers were found dead. Deputies were called to a home in the 10100 block of Desoto Way on Tuesday after the woman's husband, who is also the children's father, came home and found the bodies, Ramos said.

The man did not have access to a phone and went to a neighbor's house for help, fearing the attackers were still inside. The neighbor then called 911 about 3:30 p.m., Ramos said.

Deputies found the the bodies of the woman, described as being in her 20s, and a 3-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy dead in one room.

A third child, a 6-month-old boy, was found crying but unharmed in another room, Ramos said.


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