MERCED COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – An investigation is underway after three children were found dead inside of an apartment in Le Grand on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 2:00 p.m., deputies were called out to an apartment near Brice and Cook streets for a welfare check.

When deputies arrived, they went into the apartment, where they found three children dead and a woman with life-threatening injuries. Officials say all three of the children were under the age of 8.

The woman was taken to a local hospital, where her condition is currently unknown.

Photo of the scene.

Deputies have not said how the children died, but say they believe the woman’s injuries were self-inflicted.

It is unknown at this time how the children and the woman are related.

The sheriff’s office says the incident is being investigated as a possible murder-suicide.

No other details have been released by investigators at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Merced County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 385-7445.