Three people, including two children, were found dead inside a central Modesto home on Saturday night.
Around 7 p.m., officers with the Modesto Police Department were called to a home in the 1600 block of Bay Meadows Drive on a report of a disturbance.
When they got inside, they found one woman and two children dead, according to Heather Graves, department spokeswoman. A fourth person was discovered with injuries, and was taken to a nearby hospital.
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According to the incident summary by Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Anderson, “A male was found on the lawn area outside; he had a large laceration on his upper leg.”
Sunday morning, Anderson said the male was an adult. He described him as “altered,” meaning he had an altered level of consciousness, and said the man wasn’t saying much at the scene.
Anderson did not have information on the nature of the wounds to the victims in the house. He said when it quickly was determined the woman and children were dead, firefighters left the house.
Graves did not have further details, including the method of death, the age of the victims and the motive.
She said police would release more information on the incident on Sunday.
Police believe there are no outstanding suspects at this time.
The home is a few blocks northeast of the Briggsmore Avenue/Carver Road intersection.
It was the third homicide – resulting in five deaths – in Stanislaus County over the last six days. In all, 19 people have died as a result of reported homicides in the county this year.
We’ll have more on this story as information becomes available.
Bee writer and editor Deke Farrow contributed to this report.