A four-year-old girl in the United States has been praised for keeping her two-month-old brother alive after the murder-suicide of their parents, CBS Los Angeles reports.
The two children were left to fend for themselves for more than three days after their father shot and killed their mother before taking his own life at their home in Chatsworth, Los Angeles.
The murder-suicide is said to have happened on 11 April but it wasn’t until 14 April that neighbours Olivia and James Robinson – who live across the street from the deceased couple – found the two young children unharmed but dehydrated at the family’s home.
“She obviously was in bad condition because she reeked really bad of urine and she had more of a blank stare on her face,” Olivia said of the daughter. “She was very, very quiet.”
After a search of the home the parents’ bodies were found in an upstairs bedroom.
A medical examiner identified the father as 46-year-old David Kooros Parsa and mother as 38-year-old Mihoko Koike Parsa. David is said to have suffered from mental health issues such as depression and stress.
“Our little angel was able to keep herself and her brother alive,” said Los Angeles police captain Maureen Ryan, who added that the girl remembered hearing a loud noise and her mother crying.
“The baby is a miracle baby and the little girl is a hero. She’s an absolute hero.”
So far $2 000 (R29 000) has been raised for the children, along with donations of baby supplies.
Meanwhile police are trying to get in touch with the mother’s family, who live in Japan.