A California mother was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing her three young daughters to death with a kitchen knife.
On May 20, 2014, 32-year-old Carol Ann Coronado was found covered in blood next to her dead children on a bed in her Los Angeles home. She had just stabbed her daughters — 2-year-old Sophia, 16-month-old Yazmine and 2-month-old Xenia — to death before injuring herself.
Coronado was arrested and plead not guilty by reason of insanity. A judge found her to be sane at the time of the murders and she was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in late 2015.
“She had a zoned-out look,” as she was handcuffed and taken into custody, according to neighbor Ashley Madrid. Coronado’s defense attorney maintains that the mother was suffering from postpartum psychosis at the time of the killing, and her husband Rudy said he saw a “demon” inside his wife when he discovered the horrific scene.
Coronado’s attorney requested that the judge send her to a mental facility instead of prison — a request that the judge ultimately denied, saying that any treatment “will have to be in state prison."
The motive for the crime remains unclear, but prosecutors said the mother might have been seeking revenge against her husband, who had recently been considering a divorce.