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Police say 4 bodies found in California home

Four People, Including 2 Children, Found Dead In Home

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - Four people, two of them children, were found killed in a Southern California home, police said.

A 16-year-old boy called police Monday night to say his family members were injured or killed in the house, Fontana police Sgt. Doug Imhof said.

Police arrived to find a bloody scene with the bodies of a boy about 10 years old, a girl about 12 years old and a man and woman each about 35 or 40 years old, Imhof told KNBC-TV and KABC-TV.

Fontana police Chief Rodney Jones told KNBC that the deaths were homicides.

It appeared all four lived in the home, Imhof said, but police did not immediately say what their relationships were.

Detectives found the bodies and blood spread throughout the house, but had stopped the investigation while they sought a search warrant, police Imhof said.

"There is some amounts of blood in different areas of the house," Imhof told KABC. "There's a couple of weapons that have been seen by our detectives just looking, but they haven't been able to search the house because they can't until they obtain a search warrant."

Beyond his mention of the weapons, Imhof gave no indication of how the people may have been killed or who the killer may have been, and it was not clear why a warrant was needed.

Neighbor Jessica Arauz told KABC there was arguing coming from the house earlier in the evening.

Phone messages left with police by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.

The home is in Fontana, a city of about 200,000 people in San Bernardino County about 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

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Tom December 31 2013 at 4:08 PM

A search warrant to investigate a violent crime scene? Whaty have we come to?

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bunny December 31 2013 at 9:54 AM

My God...this is nonsense , these so call technicalities. The proper authorities should be called C.S.I and make the rookies stay outside away the all vital info so that this can be properly investigated without someone botching the crime scene. It sickens me to know that some people hate life so much that they take life(smh) sick.

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ble989 December 31 2013 at 9:55 AM

My biggest question on this one, is Where or WHO is the 16yo that called them? Then, I am a lawer, well (that one time in 3rd grade when the teacher asked me who dunnit?) lol But no seriously, I thought a crime scene over ruled a warrant to inspect? And if that is NOT the case, HOW did they see there was blood at other places that were not suppose to be? Can anyone please help me?

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veloci1 ble989 December 31 2013 at 10:23 AM

A warrant is required after probable cause has been exhausted. For example, police can come in based on the report and search anywhere that is large enough for someone to hide. But, to search a desk, you'd need a warrant.

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bienhoa72alum ble989 December 31 2013 at 10:27 AM

Seems to me that there is no real rush to investigate. Meaning that they want to make sure nothing is further disturbed. The bodies aren't going anywhere - Right? Sounds as if once they determined that there were no survivors they secured the house and called for the warrant to cover all of their legal bases.

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jmfjfe December 31 2013 at 9:57 AM

wait a minute.. the kid called them.. I don't see why they need a search warrant.. Dead people everywhere... what the heck... reason enough... they search peoples cars with far less.. and with nobody calling them! Evidence will be gone... messed with... before anything can be secured now. And if they 16 year old that called...had anything to do with it.. and lives/visits there... try proving it now.

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Janny09 December 31 2013 at 12:18 PM

Police have to have probable cause to contact the District Attorney's office for a search warrant. Since the victims were deceased, they cannot proceed with a deadly danger of someone losing their life, for a search. If any details are missed in an investigation, the case could be thrown out of court, even if the culprit was deceased but more for the survivors to understand what happened to have a complete investigation.

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Bill December 31 2013 at 12:04 PM

4 people were found dead in a home in southern California. The only information in this story was that the home was in Fontana. This is news?

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Ohayo RoseAnn December 31 2013 at 12:02 PM

I can't believe that they have to wait for a search warrant when it comes to a murder. They would have to go through the property to "clear it" to make sure there were no other victims or any possible survivors.
I am thinking we don't have all the details reported as to why the detectives believe they need a search warrant.

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aerofanz December 31 2013 at 10:05 AM

I'd like to thank all of those involved in sharing this useless story without any facts. Happy New Year.

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ajafullmn aerofanz December 31 2013 at 10:08 AM


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Terrie December 31 2013 at 12:24 PM

hope the boy who found them is not alone right now that was horrible thing to find. i hope of the adults didnt kill the others then their selves.

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jerseysue1 December 31 2013 at 10:07 AM

Is this a stupid cop joke? What if one of the victims was still alive? Yes, folks, probable cause prevails but the cops didn't.

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