Police: Mother drowns her two kids and then commits suicide

Police say a Reedley man found the bodies of his wife and two young children in this apartment on Myrtle Monday night. Police believe she killed the children, and later herself.

UPDATE, July 11, 2018. 5:17 p.m.: The Reedley Police Department and the Fresno County Sheriff's Coroner's Office has now released the cause of the death in a murder-suicide involving a mother and her two children.

According to an autopsy, 32-year-old Vera Lucia Diaz Nunez died by hanging and her death has been ruled a suicide. As for her 21-month-old daughter and 4-year-old son, it was determined that both drowned in the bath tub at the apartment.

Reedley Police say that when officers arrived on the night of July 9th, both children were found lying on the floor in the bathroom. A further investigation revealed that the two had been removed from the bathtub by their father, who found them when he got home from work. Vera Nunex Diaz had hanged herself in an adjacent bedroom and she was cut down and laid on the floor by her husband before police arrived.

Police have determined that Vera Diaz Nunez drowned her 4-year-old son and 21-month-old daughter in the bathtub, and then went into the bedroom and committed suicide. During the investigation, it was discovered that Vera Nunez Diaz had been suffering recently from depression.


Reedley Police are now waiting for autopsy results in the deaths of a mother and two young children.

Police have ruled it a murder-suicide.

They say 32-year-old Vera Lucia Diaz Nunez killed her children, 4-year-old boy Octavio Farfan Diaz and 21-month-old Miranda Faran Diaz, and then killed herself.

Her husband made the discovery Monday night in the family's apartment on Myrtle Avenue , when he returned from work.

He is not considered a suspect and has been cooperating with police.

"I think he's still in shock," said Reedley Police Chief Joe Garza,

By the time officers arrived, they say the bodies had been in the apartment for five to six hours.

Police wouldn't elaborate on how they think the children died, but did rule out some causes.

"There's no indication firearms were used. There's no stab wounds, we can say that," Garza said. "Early inspection of the bodies did not show any visible trauma."

Garza said the family had only lived at the complex for about a month.

It did not have any relatives in the area.

It had loved ones in Southern California.

If you have any possible information on this investigation, please call the Reedley Police Department at (559) 637-4250.

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