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A California woman who was suspected of drowning her three young children admitted to the killings in an interview with KGET on Thursday.

Liliana Carrillo, 30, said she killed her daughter Joanna, 3, her son Terry, 2, and her six-month-old baby Sierra to protect them from their father.

“I drowned them,” she said in the Thursday interview inside a Kern County jail.

“I did it as softly, I don’t know how to explain it, but I hugged them and I kissed them and I was apologizing the whole time,” she said. “I loved my kids.”

Carrillo has alleged that their father, Erik Denton, was abusive and part of an underground sex trafficking ring that she says runs rampant in Porterville, California, where the family lived until earlier this year.

Denton has denied these accusations. The two were in the midst of an intense custody battle for the three children. Denton had previously stated in court documents that it was unsafe for his children to be around Carrillo since she is delusional and highly paranoid. He alleges that she had previously claimed responsibility for the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am afraid for my children’s physical and mental well-being,” Denton said to a judge last month.

On April 10, the three children’s bodies were found by their maternal grandmother in Carrillo’s Los Angeles home.

Carrillo was found nearly 200 miles away in Tulare County and arrested for carjacking. She is being held on $2 million bond as she’s believed to be a flight risk.

Carrillo has not been charged with the children’s deaths as the investigation remains ongoing.

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