A father has been arrested in connection with the tragic deaths of two of his children in Lancaster, California. Prospero Serna, the father of the four young victims, was taken into custody after authorities discovered evidence of murder and child abuse.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call concerning alleged child abuse at a residence in Lancaster. Upon arrival, deputies found four children under the age of 10 with lacerations. Two of the children had suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while the other two had severe lacerations. The four children were rushed to the hospital, where two of them were pronounced dead, and the other two remained in stable condition.
Prospero Serna, originally from San Bernardino County, was detained as a person of interest in the case. However, he has reportedly refused to cooperate with authorities, leading to delays in the booking process.
The investigation into this heartbreaking incident is ongoing, with law enforcement working diligently to uncover the details surrounding the tragic deaths of the two siblings. The circumstances of the case have prompted emotional responses from officials and community members.
Kathryn Barger, a Los Angeles County Supervisor, expressed her deep sorrow over the incident, emphasizing the importance of strengthening child abuse prevention programs and supporting families in need. The tragedy underscores the need to address issues within families that may otherwise go unnoticed.
It has been reported that Prospero Serna had a history of legal issues dating back to 2006, including charges of battery on a spouse in 2014. These charges were later dismissed. Temporary restraining orders were also filed against him in 2016 and 2021, involving a woman who is the mother of his children and another man. One of these cases was subsequently dismissed.
In 2022, court documents revealed that Serna lost custody of four of his children to their mother. This case highlights the challenges and complexities surrounding family dynamics, child custody, and the critical role of child protection services.