Kids Found Dead At West Sacramento Apartment, Police Arrest Suspect

Police on the scene after three children were found dead in West Sacramento CBS SACRAMENTO

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. Scott said that afterward, she heard screaming from the apartment when the mother realized her children were dead.

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.

"We are family, we are a community, we are a tribe", she said.

"The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbors", he said.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the mother of the children hysterical and begging them to go inside her apartment, reported The Sacramento Bee.

"It's very hard, especially for the folks who are on scene", he said.

Although police have not released the identities of the young victims, Aiello confirmed that the couple had an 11-year-old boy, a nine-year-old girl and another boy who was born in January.

Roger Kinney says the mother did not witness the killings but that "she was in close proximity".




Their great-grandmother, Irene Aiello, said that "everything appeared to be OK" between the couple.

Authorities have not revealed how the children lost their lives, nor have they provided any additional information on Hodges' arrest. It's horrific, and it's very hard to deal with. "I was watching my movies and I didn't hear nothing", she said.

"Obviously, she's traumatized, and it's going to take some time to find out what's going on", Kinney said of the mother.

Neighbors and officials organized a candlelight vigil at the school, while a makeshift memorial sprouted outside the family's second-floor apartment in a quiet, neatly maintained apartment complex with a gated driveway. Cops who responded to the incident will receive help from local grief counsellors. "I was in my apartment all the time".

"The kids seemed jolly most of the time, seemed happy".

"We always played together. It just happened. It's so sad", Daniel said.

Micah Moreno, pastor of Southport Church, said his daughter attends Southport Elementary School.

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

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