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A California man is believed to have fatally stabbed his twin daughters before taking his own life.
Officers with the Placentia Police Department responded to a private residence on Wednesday regarding a report that two children had been stabbed, police said in a press release issued earlier this week. The woman who called 911 told the dispatcher that her husband had stabbed their two daughters. Upon their arrival, police first noticed a man, later identified as 41-year-old Timothy Takehara, lying outside in the front yard of a home and bleeding heavily; they then found two 9-year-old girls bleeding inside of the home.
Despite first responders administering aid, Takehara and the two children were all pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Two other adults — the children’s mother and grandmother — were also home at the time of the incident, but were not injured.
The two girls, whose names have not been released, were twins and were in the third grade at Golden Elementary School, local station KABC reports.
Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, the children’s mother called 911 to report the violent incident, according to the outlet. In the recently released 911 call, she can be heard saying, "My husband just stabbed my children," before telling the dispatcher that he used a “sharp object” to do so.
While the motive of the killing is unclear, police have responded to domestic incidents at the family’s home in the past, having been called in September 2019 to break up a verbal disagreement between adults, the release stated. However, no one was harmed during that incident and police left without making any arrests.
In a statement shared via the PPD’s Facebook page, Chief Darin Lenyi shared his condolences for the family of the victims.
“On behalf of the men and women of the Placentia Police Department, we are truly heartbroken by the tragic events that occurred last night,” that statement reads. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their family and we will continue to investigate to try and make sense of this horrific crime.”
Police have asked anyone with any information on the case to contact the PPD at 714-993-8164 or submit an anonymous tip to the Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.
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