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Mom Who Tried to Drown Daughters Was Refused Psychological Help Because of Immigration Status

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A family member of the woman who tried to drown her two daughters in South Los Angeles yesterday told reporters that the 32-year-old mother tried to seek professional help but was turned away because of her immigration status.

Luis Padillas told KTLA that Lorna Valle, who is from Guatemala, was "very depressed" and was taken to a hospital. She was turned away, he said, because she didn't have papers.

"We need a lawyer that can represent us because of the negligence of the hospital," he said in Spanish.

A neighbor who witnessed the aftermath of Valle's actions was sympathetic to Valle as well, saying that she had seemed depressed and even suicidal.

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"She was asking for psychological help and she didn't receive it," said the neighbor. "It's a sad story. It's a sad ending. She needs help."

City News Service reports that Valle is being held on $1.5 million bail after she was discovered by her husband holding their daughters heads underwater in a bathtub. The youngest, a one-year-old, died. The older daughter, who is 5, is in serious but stable condition at California Hospital.