3 children slain in Sacramento; mother's husband held

3 children slain in Sacramento; mother's husband held

The initial 911 call came in as a domestic violence incident, and as police were on the way to the apartment, someone called 911 again to report the children were possibly dead, Kinney said.

She didn't know the Hodges children personally, but could barely speak above a whisper as she thought about what happened to them.

Robert Hodges was taken into custody shortly after midnight early Thursday morning, after he was pulled over by California Highway Patrol officers on Interstate 80 near West El Camino Avenue in Sacramento.

She said she went into the home to check on the children and found all three of them dead. "The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbours-this call is going to have quite a bit of emotion".

At the time of the attack, neighbours said they didn't hear any signs of fighting.

One neighbor there who didn't want to reveal her identity says she saw Hodges follow his distraught wife out of their apartment after choking her.

No other details have been made public at this time, such as the manner in which the children died nor their exact relation to Hodges. Their mother, identified by her employer as Mai Hodges, was traumatized, said West Sacramento police Sgt. Roger Kinney - the victim of an assault by her husband, the father of her three children.

"We don't understand what happened, we really don't", she told the Associated Press. At first, police had said that Mai witnessed the murders, but now they say she was nearby outside. It's horrific, and it's very hard to deal with.

Theresa Bustamante lives next to the apartment where the children were killed.

The names, ages and genders of the children have not been officially released.

A makeshift memorial sprouted outside the family's second-floor apartment in a quiet, neatly maintained apartment complex with a gated driveway. Guidance counselors and chaplains will be at the school at least through the rest of the week to help students, teachers and parents deal with the tragic deaths. "I was in my apartment all the time".

"We always played together".

Family members spoke out on behalf of the children's mother who was too devastated to attend the vigil.

"They were handsome great-grandbabies", Aiello said.

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