South LA mom faces 2nd murder charge

Valle (middle) with her two children, Marian (left) and Lindsay (right).

Prosecutors have added a second murder charge against a 32-year old Lorna Valle. She was initially charged on Friday, February 17 with murdering 1-year old Lindsay and trying to murder her older sister.

Her 5-year old daughter, Miriam Taque, died when was she taken off life support on Wednesday.

Prosecutors then amended the charges, which include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders and two felony counts of assault on a child causing death. They have yet to decide if they will seek a death sentence.

Valle appeared in court on Friday morning, but her arraignment was postponed until March 15th. She remains in jail without bail.

Editor’s note: The older daughter was previously identified as Marian, but the LA Times reports the official death record from the coroner’s office lists her name as Miriam Taque.

Mom jailed for murder and attempted murder

The Valle home on Thursday, where well-wishers have set up an impromptu memorial. While the youngest victim died, her older sister remains in critical condition.

A South Los Angeles woman is in jail, arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder of her two small daughters. Lorna Valle, 32, is being held on $1.5-million bail.

Valle, who neighbors say was suffering from depression, is accused of killing her 1-year-old daughter Lindsay Stephanie Taque-Valle. Marian, her 5-year-old, remains in critical condition at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Police say the girls’ father told them he found Valle trying to drown their daughters in the couple’s home on West 50th Street on Wednesday. The couple are natives of Guatemala, who have been living in South L.A. aproximately 10 years.

Valle (middle) with her two children, Marian (left) and Lindsay (right).

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