Mother Charged in Deaths of Children Could Face Death Penalty

Carol Coronado remains hospitalized after her three young daughters were found stabbed to death Tuesday

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    Carol Coronado, the mother of three slain girls, was arrested Friday, May 23, 2014 on suspicion of murder.

    A mother accused of stabbing her three young girls to death and trying to kill her own mother could face the death penalty, prosecutors said on Friday.

    Carol Coronado was charged with murder in connection with the deaths of her young daughters.

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    The girls' father, Rudy Coronado said Friday he "does not want the judge to throw the book" at his wife.

    He does not want the death penalty, but said he wants her to get help.

    She remains hospitalized after police said she tried to commit suicide.

    Police found the bodies of 2-year-old Sophia, 1-year-old Yazmine, and 2-month-old Xenia on Tuesday at the family's home in unincorporated Torrance.

    Coronado also faces attempted murder for allegedly trying to kill her mother at the time of the slayings.

    The girl's maternal grandmother called police saying Carol Coronado killed the girls.

    Detectives have not talked about a motive. A witness told NBC4 the woman was naked, covered in blood and "zoned out," when she was escorted out of the home.

    Rudy Coronado was across the street from the home at the time of the slayings, working on his car.

    "Deputies went in, they brought the husband out and he was screaming and crying, 'She killed my daughters,'" neighbor Ashley Madrid said through tears.

    Neighbors said the girls always seemed well cared for and had been seen out for walks with their mother.

    A carwash was set for Saturday and Sunday at 18409 Avalon Blvd. in Carson to help the family raise funds for the girls' funerals.