Carol Coronado, 32, shed tears as women’s health advocates pleaded with Compton Superior Court Judge Ricardo Ocampo to consider sending her to a mental health institution instead of a prison cell.
Acknowledging she needed help, Ocampo called the crimes against her children vicious, sophisticated and with vulnerable victims who trusted her, but said she could receive care while serving the rest of her life behind bars.
Ocampo’s order to send Coronado to prison as required by law followed last-
During her trial in November 2015, Ocampo found Coronado guilty of three counts of first-degree murder with the special circumstances allegation that she committed multiple murders. The May 20, 2014, crimes were horrific. Coronado used four knives to slash her children’s throats. Additionally, she stabbed 3-month-old Xenia and 2-year-old Sophia in their hearts, and beat 16-month-old Yazmine in the head with a claw hammer.
Coronado was found naked and bloody, in bed with her dead babies, holding a knife by police. The children's father and grandmother were home at the time of the crime.