Three children under the age of 8 years old were found dead Wednesday in a Merced County apartment and a woman was hospitalized with apparently self-inflicted injuries, authorities said.
Sheriff's deputies were sent to the home on Brice Street in Le Grand shortly after 2 p.m. to check on the residents' welfare and found the children dead inside the home, according to a Sheriff's Office statement.
The injured woman also was found and taken to a hospital, the statement said. It didn't describe her injuries or her condition.
Authorities also didn't say how the children died or whether they were related to the woman.
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However, the incident was being investigated as a possible murder-suicide attempt, authorities said.
Le Grand is an unincorporated community of about 1,800 people located about a dozen miles east of Merced.