An Arizona mother has allegedly admitted to killing her three young children.
The City of Phoenix Police stated on Facebook Monday that “3 small kids lost their lives today and now Phoenix Police investigators are trying to determine how they died.” By Tuesday, the department tweeted that the mother has been arrested.
She “admits to killing kids ages 3, 2 and 7 months,” police stated. Authorities did not immediately identify the mother, though they described her as “a 22-year-old woman who recently moved to Arizona from Oklahoma.”
Police later identified the suspect as Rachel Henry. She was booked Tuesday on 3 counts of first degree murder. She ignored reporters’ questions as she did a perp walk in a white jumpsuit but she appeared to be holding back tears, according to video released by AzFamily.
“We are comfortable in saying now that the mother is responsible for the death of the children,” Sgt. Mercedes Fortune told reporters outside the home where the children were killed Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
The eldest victim is a boy and the younger children are girls, according to police. Their father, as well as another adult relative, were also in the home at the time of the killings.
It's unclear at this point how the kids were killed. There were “no obvious signs of trauma to the children,” according to police. Police were called to the home late Monday by a relative who lives at the home. First responders found the children unresponsive upon arrival and they were pronounced dead after officers administered CPR with no success.
It’s not clear if the mother has an attorney yet. Police have been interviewing the other adults who were in the home during the incident. Police were told illness could have been a factor in the deaths, Fortune told reporters Monday night, AzFamily reports.
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