A staff member at a dementia care facility in Diamond Bar, California, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of killing two elderly women under his care. The Happy Home Care for Elderly, a state-licensed residential care facility, was the site of the incident.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the facility around 8 a.m. on Saturday, where they found two elderly women in a room within the house. Paramedics attempted to provide aid, but both women died at the scene.
The victims were identified as Monica Lee, 75, and Hee Sook Park, 83, according to the L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s database. The manner of their death was under investigation, but authorities dismissed online reports of a shooting.
The live-in caretaker, Jianchun Li, 40, was arrested on Saturday afternoon and booked on suspicion of killing both women. He is being held in county jail in lieu of $4-million bond and is scheduled to appear in the Pomona Courthouse on Tuesday. Four other residents at the home were unharmed, according to Lt. Daniel Vizcarra.
The slayings were a shock to the quiet San Gabriel Valley neighborhood.
The Happy Home Care for Elderly has not yet released a statement regarding the incident. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities have not yet released a motive for the killings.