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Child welfare officials in two California counties were alerted to a father’s concerns that the mother of his three children was “extremely paranoid” before she allegedly killed the kids, according to a report.

The tragic children’s father, Erik Denton, had repeatedly alerted child welfare agencies in Tulare and Los Angeles counties of his ex-girlfriend Liliana Carrillo’s bizarre behavior — including that she claimed she was “solely responsible” for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Carrillo also accused Denton of participating in a pedophile ring.

“I am afraid for my children’s physical and mental well-being,” Denton told a Tulare County judge in March prior to being granted physical custody of the three kids, 3-year-old Joanna, 2-year-old Terry and 6-month-old Sierra.

Carrillo, 30, was arrested Saturday in Tulare County after the kids were found dead by their grandmother in a Los Angeles apartment where she was staying amid a custody battle with Denton, according to the LAPD and CBS Los Angeles.

The LAPD and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services were also made aware of Denton’s accusation that Carrillo was a danger to the couple’s children, according to the report, citing court records, interviews with Denton and other family members, as well as sources close to the investigation.

Los Angeles County child welfare officials received at least two separate reports involving the family, but social workers decided to keep the children with Carrillo despite a court order by a Tulare County judge that restricted her custody, the newspaper reported.

“We kept bringing up all the right red flags about her behavior,” said Dr. Teri Miller, Denton’s cousin who works as an emergency room physician in Los Angeles. “The judge in Porterville listened and read all the information, but everyone in LA kept pushing it off on someone else.”

Police have not indicated how the children were killed, but signs indicated two of them were drowned and evidence showed all three were bludgeoned, the Times reported.

Carrillo — who is the “sole suspect” in the gruesome slayings, according to the LAPD — remained held Monday in Tulare County on suspicion of second-degree robbery. She allegedly carjacked a truck after fleeing the Los Angeles apartment where her children were found and was arrested some 200 miles north, police said.

Denton told the Times and a Tulare County judge that Carrillo had postpartum depression for years, often expressing thoughts of suicide, but self-medicated with marijuana. She then “lost touch with reality” in recent months, Denton said.

Tulare County child welfare officials appeared to have gotten warnings about Carrillo in late February, the Times reported. According to Denton and court records, she accused the children’s father of participating in a pedophile ring and allowing someone to molest one of their daughters, but a Porterville officer made no arrests.

Denton later secured an emergency court order for custody of the children in March and required any visits between them and Carrillo to be supervised at a facility, according to the report.

Miller said she and Denton both told Los Angeles County child welfare officials and the LAPD that Carrillo had taken the children from their home and was hiding in Los Angeles.

Police, meanwhile, said the department generally gets direction from DCFS officials regarding child custody.

“If DCFS told us they were going to the apartment and needed our help, we would have been there,” LAPD Cmdr. Alan Hamilton said.

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