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Family Watched After Doomsday Omen

January 30, 2000

CORONA, Calif. (AP) _ A family of six was under psychiatric observation after telling neighbors they planned to leave Earth _ and then piling trash and their belongings in the center of their living room, authorities said.

Police were called to the apartment Friday about 5:50 p.m. after a passerby saw the family members and worried about their safety, police Sgt. John Rasso said.

``One of the neighbors was concerned,″ he said. ``She saw them all sitting in the living room floor. ... There was a big pile of trash and personal belongings in the center of the room.″

The neighbor told police the family had made doomsday predictions, believing the end of the world was coming, Rasso said.

``They said they would leave this Earth at midnight and as soon as God took them, their goods that were piled up would catch on fire,″ Rasso said.

After police arrived, the father, 38-year-old Charles Brown, awoke from a trance-like state, Rasso said.

Brown and his wife, Manya, 38, and their three children _ an 18-year-old woman, an 11-year-old girl and two 14-year-old boys _ were taken to the Riverside Emergency Treatment Services facility Friday for a 72-hour psychiatric observation and evaluation.

The case also was referred to Child Protective Services.

Police said neighbors and a relative indicated the family belonged to a cult, but it was not clear what group they claimed to be affiliated with.

Corona is about 55 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

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