February 24, 2018

3 children found dead inside California apartment; father arrested

16 September 2017, 01:13 | Kara Nash

Three children found dead inside West Sacramento apartment

Three children killed in front of their mother by her 33-year-old husband in horror attack

But even before police arrived, a second frantic call came in that three children appeared to be dead inside a California apartment.

Police and first responders attempted to save the childrens' lives but they were pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities have not released any details about how the children were killed or the weapon that was used.

Police are actively searching for a male suspect. Police are now trying to ascertain whether or not Hodges was the father of the children. Mai Hodges was unable to be there, Menzies said, noting that she is going through great turmoil, but Hodges wished to convey her gratitude for the community's support.

"The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbors", he said. "This [investigation] is going to take not hours, not days, it's going to take a long time a long time to come to grips with what happened there".

Hodges' wife, Mai Sheng Hodges - who fled the apartment in distress - had filled her Facebook page with now heartbreaking photos of the family and the children, including Mother's Day notes from her daughter and pictures of the oldest children in Halloween costumes. It's horrific, and it's very hard to deal with. (These apartments are) so quiet.

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Pictured the three children, Robert Hodges of West Sacramento is alleged to have murdered.Pictured West Sacramento apartment complex, Timbers Apartments, where Robert Hodges is alleged to have murdered the three children33 YO Robert Hodges has been arrested, accused of murdering 3 kids behind the door of apartment 44 at West Sacramento's Timbers Apartments. I was in my apartment the whole time. "I was watching my movies and I didn't hear nothing", she said.

About three hours later, two California Highway Patrol officers found him sitting in his vehicle parked on the shoulder of Interstate 80 about seven miles away.

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

The slayings left his relatives and neighbors pondering what might have gone wrong in a family they said seemed happy, with no sign of turmoil. "It just happened. It's so sad", Daniel said.

Two of the children were students at Southport Elementary School, where guidance counselors and chaplains will be to help students, teachers and parents deal with the incident.

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