The children were rescued and placed in the custody of the Department of Children's Family Services.
Siblings protect and love each other despite all the differences they may have. One 3-year-old proved it by courageously taking care of her infant brother after a tragedy unfolded in their household.
According to a press release by the Los Angeles Police Department in 2019, a man identified as David Kooros Parsa shot his 38-year-old wife, Mihoko Koike, and then committed suicide. Three days after the heinous crime, the kids were found alive at the family's home along with the bodies of their parents.
The news of their death came out after the police received calls about gunshots fired in the 9100 block of Foster Lane at around 4:30 p.m on 14 April 2019.
Meanwhile, the couple's neighbors, Olivia and James Robinson said they had noticed the couple engage in a heated argument. They also realized there was something amiss after noticing the 3-year-old downstairs.
"She obviously was in bad condition because she reeked really bad of urine and she had more of a blank stare on her face. She was very, very quiet," said Olivia, according to KTLA.
When asked where her parents were, the little girl said they were asleep. "I think she may have said they were sleeping, but she told me that they’re upstairs and they’re hurt. Right there, we figured it’s just not good," said James. He added that the baby boy was found in the bedroom upstairs.
Shortly thereafter, the children were taken to the hospital. Following their treatment and check-ups, the kids were placed in the custody of the Department of Children's Family Services.
Los Angeles Police Capt. Maureen Ryan said that the little girl was responsible for keeping her brother alive. He appreciated her bravery and said, "Our little angel was able to keep herself and her brother alive. The baby is a miracle baby and the little girl is a hero. She's an absolute hero," according to ABC 7 Chicago.
Tony Medina, another neighbor told CBS Los Angeles that they fed the kids while they waited for the authorities to arrive. "She heard her mom crying, and then what really was kind of heart-wrenching was when she said she saw 'mommy was broken,'" said the man.
According to Daily News, the police had initially conducted a welfare check at the couple's home after David's father, Dr. Kooros Parsa alerted the police. Aware of David's mental health issues, he was concerned about the family. However, the police decided not to enter the house at the time and informed there was nothing unusual.
Meanwhile, David's father stated he was hopeful for his grandchildren's future as they were being adopted by a family in Texas. "He passed away, he’s in heaven or wherever he is. They’re such depressing issues, even the coroner said it," said the 82-year-old oncology specialist, alluding to his son. He continued, "The kids have already been adopted by my cousin, my brother’s son in Texas. They’re going to have fun. What’s gone is gone, but what’s here is the kids," according to The Sun.