Two children were found dead inside a Santa Ana hotel room today, discovered after a woman crashed her car in an apparent suicide attempt in the parking lot of an Albertson's in nearby Costa Mesa, police said. They have launched a homicide investigation.
The woman had crashed her vehicle into poles at an electrical vault, then told Costa Mesa police about the children. Santa Ana officers found the bodies just after 9 a.m. Saturday inside the Hampton Inn & Suites near the interchange of the Costa Mesa Freeway at Dyer Road.
Costa Mesa police were dispatched to the parking lot of an Albertson's at 2300 Harbor Blvd. for a suicide call shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, said Costa Mesa police Sgt. Tim Starn. The woman had crashed her vehicle into bollards surrounding an electrical vault. Paramedics rushed her to Hoag Hospital Newport Beach.
"As she was getting processed [by paramedics] to the hospital, she made some statements that indicated a crime might have occurred [in Santa Ana]," Starn said.
Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said dispatchers received a call about 8:20 a.m. from Costa Mesa police to check on the welfare of two children about six miles from the vehicle, at the Hampton Inn & Suites. He said the woman is 42 years old and her last known address was in San Jose.
"We went to a room on the third floor and located two children," Bertagna said. "We are now investigating this as a homicide."
The police corporal would not disclose the gender or age of the children, how they died or how the woman was related to the children.
"We won't know until the coroner's investigation to relation of her and the children," he said.