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5-year-old victim of mother's alleged attempted drowning still on life support

 Pastor Joyce Williams

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Neighbors, led by Pastor Joyce Williams, second from left, prayed last Wednesday outside the home where a mother allegedly drowned her 1-year-old and attempted to drown her 5-year-old daughter.

A 5-year-old whose mother is charged with her attempted drowning and the drowning of her 1-year-old sister has not been been taken off life support, LAPD said this morning. Various news organizations, citing law enforcement sources, had been reporting that she was taken off life support and she was dead.

The girls' father, Jose Humberto Lopez, told ABC7 that he planned to take the girl off life support and hoped some good would come from the situation because he had decided to donate the 5-year-old's organs for transplant.

The girls' mother, Lorna Valle, 32, was charged with murder and attempted murder Friday and is being held on $1.5 million bail. She will face a second count of murder if her 5-year-old dies.

Lopez told police he found his wife trying to drown the girls in a tub when he returned home from a store Wednesday morning.

Firefighters answering a 911 call found the girls unconscious and not breathing in a converted garage behind a main house. They were in a bathtub and had no pulses, fire department spokesman Erik Scott said.

Doctors worked on both girls for two hours, but the 1-year-old died and the 5-year-old was transferred to Children's Hospital in critical but stable condition, said Katreena Salgado, spokeswoman for California Hospital Medical Center.


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