Dad accused of murdering 3 kids during 'horrific' fight with wife

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

It's an unthinkable crime: Police in West Sacramento are accusing a 33-year-old father, Robert Hodges, of murdering his three young children - all 11 and under - inside the family's apartment.

As authorities were on the way to his family's apartment in response to a domestic violence call, they received another phone call reporting that three children were possibly dead. However, a short time later the three children were pronounced dead.

Life-saving efforts failed to revive the children, and police put out a bulletin for Hodges.

Police are actively searching for a male suspect. He allegedly had attacked the children's mother, Mai Hodges, who called police and went outside, only to return to the apartment to find her children had been suffocated.

Police activity will be ongoing in the area through the night and into the morning hours.

Mother's Day notes from the Hodges daughter to her mother. Sacramento television station KCRA earlier reported that Kinney told the station the woman had witnessed the killings. "The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbors".


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

He continued: "It's horrific and it's very hard to deal with". Hodges was arrested on suspicion of murder, police said. "We don't understand what happened, we really don't", she said in an interview with ABC News.

Hodges reportedly fled the home after the slayings, but he was later taken into custody by California Highway patrol Officers. (These apartments are) so quiet. The children and their mother had not yet been officially identified on September 14, and their ages were not released yet by authorities. "I was in my apartment all the time".

Mai Vang, a member of the Sacramento City Unified School District board of trustees, thanked the West Sacramento community for the show of support, noting the presence of City Council members and school district officials, as well as the contingent of police officers who helped direct traffic.

Alina and Daniel Vertelnikov, who are friends of the victims, recalled how happy the kids seemed.

The school that two of the children attended plans a candlelight vigil Thursday.

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