PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her three children, who were found dead inside the family’s home after firefighters got a call about a drowning, authorities said on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old mother, Rachel Henry, “has admitted to harming her three children” which led to their deaths, police Sergeant Mercedes Fortune told reporters outside the home. The home is on a block with several weathered wooden houses and an old mobile home in southern Phoenix.
Officers found a seven-month-old girl, two-year-old girl and three-year-old boy in a living room with no obvious trauma. The Phoenix Fire Department also received a call from the home reporting a drowning involving three children, according to Captain Rob McDade.
Relatives initially believed illness may have been a factor, but Fortune said police “are comfortable in saying now that the mother is responsible for the death of the children”.
Officers administered CPR and fire officials provided first aid, but the children were pronounced dead. In a brief initial court appearance on Tuesday night, Henry did not have an attorney present as a judge read her charges of three counts of first-degree murder. She was ordered held on a secured bond of USD3 million.