ERIK Denton is the former boyfriend of Liliana Carrillo and they had three children together.
Carrillo was arrested on April 10 after their children were found stabbed to death in California.
Who is Erik Denton?
Denton lives in Huntingdon Beach, Orange County, California and is the father to one son and two daughters with Liliana Carrillo.
Carrillo gave birth to their first child Terry Denton in 2018 and a year later they had Joanna Denton.
In 2020 their second daughter Sierra Denton was born.
Cops arrested Carrillo after the children were found by their grandmother after they were stabbed to death in a home in Reseda at around 9.30am local time on April 10.
Police have not yet formally identified Carrillo's children, though their names were shared by their grandfather, Tim Denton, in a Facebook post.
The 30-year-old mother was supposed to hand over the kids to their father on Sunday, Denton told the Los Angeles Times.
Denton told the newspaper he had sought custody of the children on March 1.
He also requested a temporary emergency visitation order from the family court in Porterville, Tulare County, California on March 4 and asked for Carrillo to be mentally evaluated.
Carrillo responded by filing for a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Denton on March 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, records show.
The orders Denton requested were drawn up at a March 26 hearing. Another hearing in the case was scheduled for April 14.
When did he break up with Liliana Carrillo?
It is not clear when the couple broke up but Denton had been in a custody battle with her since she started acting mentally unstable, according to him.
LAPD Lt. Raul Joel said there had been no prior calls to police at the Carrillo residence.
“These are the moments we carry throughout our career,” Joel said, noting that innocent lives had been lost. “It’s hard to process that as a police officer.”
What did Erik Denton say about Liliana Carrillo?
"Liliana was very sick, and this is not – she was not herself, and it’s been going on for several months that she has been unwell," Denton's cousin, Teri Miller, told KTTV.
Denton, Miller said, is "devastated" and had repeatedly reached out to the Department of Children and Family Services, as well as police, because he knew Carrillo "needed help".
Denton told the Times he tried to get local authorities to intervene, but “in LA they wouldn’t help. The LAPD would not get involved.”
Miller similarly added: “He’s also frustrated with the system, because the system failed them. The system failed these kids.”
The children’s grandfather Tim Denton said in a Facebook post: "This is my son," he wrote, linking to a GoFundMe page set up for him. "Yesterday though an unspeakable heinous act, his children are gone.
"Please keep him in your prayers and hold your family close tonight. I love you Erik. Rest in peace darlings; Joanna, Terry and Sierra."
Mishal Hashima, who lives nearby, told CBS: "It’s so sad. Three children. What kind of person can do that?"
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