Upon arrival, the Sheriff's Office says they found three deceased children, 8-year-old Anna Ortiz Lara, 5-year-old Matteo Ortiz Lara, and 3-year-old Alexa Ortiz Lara. Deputies also reportedly located the suspect and mother, Patricia Ortiz, suffering from apparent self-inflicted wounds. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Ortiz's husband, the children's father, was reportedly the first to discover the crime scene.
Upon further investigation, the Sheriff's Office learned that Ortiz took the lives of her three children before trying taking her own life. Ortiz will be transported from the hospital to Merced County Jail and booked for three counts of murder.