Lancaster, California – In a shocking and horrifying incident, a father in Lancaster has been taken into custody for the brutal beating and stabbing deaths of his two children. The community is left devastated as Prospero Guadalupe Serna, 38, stands accused of the heinous act. The tragedy unfolded late Saturday night when authorities responded to a distress call from the mother of the children. The details that have emerged since are deeply unsettling, shedding light on a family torn apart by unspeakable violence.
Serna now faces charges related to the assault on his four children, two of whom tragically lost their lives. The children, identified as Ziasia and Najila Serna, were found in a bedroom with severe lacerations. Despite the efforts of medical staff, the two siblings succumbed to their injuries after being rushed to the hospital. The remaining two children are said to be in stable condition, recovering from their non-life-threatening injuries.
Once apprehended, Serna resisted arrest and was eventually subdued by deputies, his face bloodied, and his voice filled with obscenities. He is now being charged with multiple counts, including murder and child abuse. If convicted, a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without parole plus an additional 25 years in prison awaits him.
District Attorney George Gascón expressed his deep sorrow, acknowledging the devastating impact of the tragedy on the community. The loss of these young lives serves as a somber reminder of the urgent need to protect the most vulnerable. Gascón emphasized the commitment to seeking justice for the innocent victims, as investigators strive to understand the motive behind such a horrific act.
As the community grapples with this unimaginable tragedy, authorities assure the public of their dedication to uncovering the truth and bringing justice to those affected. The incident has left a lasting trauma on all involved, prompting a collective call to better protect vulnerable individuals from such unspeakable acts of violence.