Baby found dead on Los Angeles highway linked to family’s murder-suicide, police say

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The mother allegedly killed her father, then crashed into a tree and died.

The death of a baby found on a highway Monday has been linked to a possible murder-suicide in Los Angeles, police told ABC News.

Early Monday morning, the body of a 6-month-old girl was found on the 405 Freeway. A 9-year-old girl was found at the shoulder, alive but injured, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Shortly after, a woman, whom police identified as the mother of the two children, crashed her car into a tree in Redondo Beach. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A few hours later, the father’s body was found stabbed to death in a Woodland Hills apartment.

Police said they believe the incident was a domestic violence murder-suicide, saying the mother is believed to have killed the father during an argument, left the two children on the road and then crashed into a tree.

According to police, it is still unclear whether the children were thrown from the car or left there, nor whether the baby was already dead or died later on the road.

Police are still unsure whether the accident that killed the mother was intentional or not.

Authorities have not yet publicly identified the family.

The 9-year-old girl, who is believed to have witnessed the murder, was hospitalized for her injuries and is now in custody, police said.

The neighbors said Los Angeles ABC Station KABC they heard an argument coming from the apartment the night before and saw blood in the area the next morning.

“Her door was wide open, there was blood on the floor leading to her apartment, and then a trail of blood in the hallway leading to the elevator and I saw some blood on the wall,” said a 26-year-old woman . KABC.

The woman’s father called 911, she said, who told them to check inside the apartment, where they found the man dead.

“He was deceased, he was face down on the ground,” he said. “And there was a lot of blood.”

ABC News’ Alex Stone contributed to this report.

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