Four Children Found AsphyxiatedELKHART, Ind. (CBS) ― Police have arrested an Indiana mother in connection with the deaths of her four children, ages 2 to 8.
The four children were found Tuesday night in their home by the father of the two youngest. The medical examiner said they were asphyxiated.
Rescue workers originally thought the children's mother, Angelica Alvarez, was also dead at the scene, but later discovered she had a faint pulse.
Alvarez was in critical condition yesterday at Elkhart General Hospital but a hospital spokeswoman said today she could not give out any information about her condition.
Police say Alvarez is still in the hospital but is in their custody. Police released no other details about the case.
The children were identified as 8-year-old Jennifer Lopez, 6-year-old Gonzalo Lopez, 4-year-old Daniel Valdez and 2-year-old Jessica Valdez.
Authorities say the children were found by Alvarez's husband, Fernando Valdez, who is the father of the two younger children. Valdez ran out into the street and yelled for someone to call police.
Police say they have been called to the family's residence before.
"Some of these histories show custody disputes between Angelica Alvarez, the adult female, and Gonzalo Lopez , the father of her two older children," said Steven Mock of the Elkhart Police Department.
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