UPDATE: Arizona woman allegedly admits killing her three young children
Rachel Henry, 22, has been booked on three counts of first-degree murder
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - An Arizona woman is facing several charges after her three young children were found dead in a Phoenix home late Monday, Jan. 20.
The Phoenix Police Department said Rachel Henry, 22, admitted to killing the children and was booked on three counts of first-degree murder Tuesday morning.
Henry is being held on a $3 million bond in Maricopa County.
Prosecutors said they requested the high bond because of: the severity of the alleged crimes, Henry is not from Arizona and DCS has been involved with the family in the past due to her addiction to meth.
“The mother admitted to harming her three children,” said PPD Sgt. Mercedes Fortune.
Authorities have not said how the children died. That information is likely to be released by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office in the coming weeks
The PPD said they were called to a home near 24th Street and Southern Avenue by a relative and were greeted by three adults -- Henry, the victims’ father and a relative.
Henry’s kids -- a 3-year-old boy, 2-year-old girl and 7-month-old girl -- were found in the living room. Officers performed CPR on the victims, but the children were pronounced dead.
During a news conference Monday night, Fortune said officers were told that the children had been “ill” earlier in the day. She also said the children showed no obvious signs of trauma.
Authorities said Henry recently moved to Arizona from Oklahoma.
Fortune said the victims lived at the home with their parents and two other adults.
"As you can imagine, this case is very complex,” she said Tuesday morning. “There’s a lot of moving parts to it. We are comfortable in saying now that the mother is responsible for the death of the children.”
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