Garden Grove

11-year-old girl killed; mother also hurt

AN 11-YEAR-OLD girl was killed Wednesday morning in Garden Grove. Her mother was shot and stabbed but is in stable condition. The girl’s stepfather has been arrested.


Domestic violence is believed to be the cause of an incident in Garden Grove Wednesday morning in which an 11-year-old girl was killed and her 36-year-old mother seriously injured.

According to Lt. Carl Whitney of the GGPD, Tanh Thien Tran, 73, of Garden Grove, the stepfather to the girl and husband of her mother, was arrested on a homicide charge.

Police received a call about a domestic violence case at 6:32 p.m. in the 8900 block of Blossom Avenue in which an injured woman was in front of the building.


Arriving officers administered first aid and the woman told them her three children were still inside. A second team of police entered the rear of the building and confronted the suspect at the patio door; he was armed with a knife.

The man was bleeding from self-inflicted knife wounds and officers began negotiating with the suspect, while a second team of police entered the building from another door and evacuated a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old boy unharmed.

While the negotiations continued, two officers were able to enter the home and take the 11-year-old girl out of the house, immediately performing first aid and life-saving efforts. She had suffered multiple stab wounds.

The negotiations continued, but officers eventually used less-than-lethal rounds shot from a bean-bag shotgun to disarm the suspect, who was taken into custody.

At a local trauma center, the girl died from her injuries; her mother is being treated for multiple stab wounds and a shotgun wound.

The suspect was taken to a different hospital for treatment of his self-inflicted knife wounds and is in police custody.

According to Lt. Whitney, the two boys were taken to child protective services for interviews. The suspect is the stepfather to the 11-year-old girl and the 6-year-old boy, as well as the father of the 3-year-old boy.

The 8900 block of Blossom is located in a neighborhood southwest of the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Chapman Avenue.


An 11-year-old girl was killed in Garden Grove Wednesday morning, according to police. Her 36-year-old mother was shot and stabbed, but is in stable condition.

Police have arrested the girl’s stepfather in the incident that occurred around 6:30 a.m. in the 8900 block of Blossom Avenue (southwest of Chapman Avenue and Magnolia Avenue). He has self-inflicted stab wounds.

Two other children in the home, boys 2 and 6, were unharmed.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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