Second Daughter Of LA Woman Taken Off Life Support

Published February 21, 2012 9:27AM (EST)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a 5-year-old girl whose mother has been charged with her attempted drowning and the drowning of her 1-year-old sister has been taken off life support at a Los Angeles hospital.

Police Officer Karen Rayner says the 5-year-old was removed from life support Monday at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Rayner told City News Service early Tuesday that she was awaiting a call from a supervisor regarding the girl's condition and was unsure whether she was still alive.

The girls' mother, 32-year-old Lorna Valle (VY'-ay), was charged with murder and attempted murder Friday and is being held on $1.5 million bail.

The girls' father, Jose Humberto 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.

Both were taken to the hospital, where the 1-year-old died hours later.

By Salon Staff

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