A Californian mother suspected of killing her young daughter threw her toddler off a second floor balcony before jumping – and landing on her face, police said.
Tierra Ortega, 24, should be detained for murder as a result of the homicide incident, attempted homicide and child abuse resulting in death as a result of the murder. Incident that occurred Tuesday night in his mountain apartment, police said.
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"It is very unusual – it is extremely tragic," said Upland police captain Marcelo Blanco.
The highland police went to the apartment after a neighbor called 911 to report a screaming child. The Appellant then reported seeing Ortega holding the one-year-old boy in the second floor landing and abandoning him. Tierra started jumping off the balcony when the cops arrived.
"From what we understood, it was an intentional act, it was not a coincidence," Blanco said.
Ortega and his son received first aid at the scene. The police then entered her apartment, where they stated that the 24-year-old girl, who is between 6 and 7 months old, was found unresponsive and was not breathing.
Ortega and her children were taken to the hospital where the little girl died as a result of her injuries. Blanco said officials believe the child had a skull fracture and some internal injuries, although it is unclear how she was injured.
The 1 year old boy had one foot broken by the fall. Ortega was treated for facial injuries.
Residents of the building described the horrible scene at KTLA. Michelle Furlong said that a neighbor had also been taken to the hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown while watching Ortega throw the toddler out of the balcony.
"That really affected her, she said she saw the baby thrown, how she caught it and threw it, and then she threw it," Furlong said. "My heart is broken because they are two innocent children."
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We do not know what led to the incidents. Ortega's husband, who would work in the waste management sector, was not at home at the time and learned what happened when he saw the police at his apartment, KTLA reported. .
He spoke to the police but "has no idea what led to that," Blanco said.
Police said that an investigation is underway to determine the motive.