Police: Mom confesses to killing her 3 young children

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PHOENIX (AP/WFLA) – A 22-year-old woman has reportedly confessed to killing her three young children inside of her home in Phoenix, according to police.

The 22-year-old mother, Rachel Henry, “has admitted to harming her three children, which caused their demise,” police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune told reporters outside the home on a block with an old mobile home, several weathered wooden houses and other buildings in a once rural area of southern Phoenix.

A relative who lives at the residence called police Monday and responding officers found a 7-month-old girl, 2-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy, authorities said. The children were unresponsive and pronounced dead after officers administered CPR and fire officials provided first aid.

“We are comfortable in saying now that the mother is responsible for the death of the children,” Fortune said.

A relative who lives at the house called police late Monday, and officers found the children in a living room, authorities said.

Officers administered CPR and fire officials provided first aid, but the children were pronounced dead.

Police were interviewing the 30-year-old father and a 49-year-old relative who lives in the home, authorities said. The family had recently moved to the area from Oklahoma.

Henry has been booked into jail on three counts of first-degree murder, police said. There was no information on whether she had an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

“What we know is the mother has admitted to harming her children,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said Tuesday morning. “We’re trying to determine why this occurred. Any time you have three children that are deceased, in that aspect, it is suspicious.”

Fortune said the woman is in custody and will be arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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