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2nd daughter of Los Angeles woman off life support

Police: 2nd daughter of Los Angeles woman accused of drowning girls is taken off life support By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' A 5-year-old girl whose mother is charged with her attempted drowning and the drowning of her 1-year-old sister was taken off life support at a Los Angeles hospital early Monday, authorities said.

The girls' father, Jose Humberto Lopez, told KABC-TV that he hoped some good would come from the situation by the fact that he had decided to donate the 5-year-old's organs for transplant.

The girls' mother, Lorna Valle, 32, was charged with murder and attempted murder Friday and is being held on $1.5 million bail. She will face a second count of murder when the 5-year-old's death is confirmed, said officer Karen Rayner, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

The girl is at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Lopez told police he found his wife trying to drown the girls in a tub when he returned home from a store Wednesday morning.

Firefighters answering a 911 call found the girls unconscious and not breathing in a converted garage behind a main house. They were in a bathtub and had no pulses, fire department spokesman Erik Scott said.

They were given cardiopulmonary resuscitation and taken to a hospital, he said.

Doctors worked on both girls for two hours, but the 1-year-old died and the 5-year-old was transferred to Children's Hospital in critical but stable condition, said Katreena Salgado, spokeswoman for California Hospital Medical Center.

If convicted, Valle faces 50 years to life in prison.

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