Reseda mother who allegedly killed her children appears in court

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Liliana Carrillo, the woman accused of killing her three young children in Reseda, made a brief court appearance Wednesday in Kern County.

Carrillo is considered a suspect in the deaths of three-year-old Joanna, two-year-old Terry, and six-month-old Sierra, but she has yet to be officially charged for that crime.

Her court hearing on Wednesday was related to an alleged carjacking and attempted carjacking north of Bakersfield on Saturday. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Kern County prosecutors say she stole a truck after people stopped to help her - when her car became disabled on Highway 65.

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A woman found her three young grandchildren fatally stabbed in a Reseda apartment, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

"Rather than accepting that help, the allegations are that she took their cars," says Kern County Asst. DA Joseph Kinzel.

Carrillo then drove to the Tulare County mountain community of Ponderosa, where she was arrested after crashing the truck.

After being released from the hospital, Carrillo was booked into the Kern County Jail.

LAPD says their detectives are investigating the case, and will seek extradition after conferring with Los Angeles County prosecutors.

"The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the potential homicide case down in Los Angeles," Kinzel said. "That investigation is not complete. While we do liaison with the Los Angeles Police Department to make sure we understand what's going on because it does have an interplay into the charges here. We don't have a complete investigation at this point, so I'm not going to speak for them."

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Court documents show Liliana Carrillo has been involved in a custody battle with the children's father.

Meanwhile, Carrillo's family members say they are in shock. They believe she didn't get the help she needed.

Court documents filed in Tulare County show Carrillo's husband claimed she had serious mental health issues. The couple was in the middle of a custody battle for the children.

Carrillo's next court date in Kern County has been set for May 10.

It's unclear if she will be extradited to Los Angeles County before that hearing.

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