Cops: 3 children found slain in Calif. apartment; suspect arrested

Cops: 3 children found slain in Calif. apartment; suspect arrested

Police say Hodges was married to the children's mother, but it's unclear if he was their father.

California Highway Patrol officers arrested Robert Hodges, 33, on Interstate 80 in neighboring Sacramento at around midnight Thursday, said West Sacramento police Sgt. Roger Kinney.

Simon Morales lights a candle at a makeshift memorial outside an apartment Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, where three children were killed, in West Sacramento, Calif. He was arrested on three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

A now heartbreaking drawing from one of the children. "The children were declared dead shortly after", The Sacramento Bee reported.

Theresa Bustamante lives next to the apartment where the children were killed.

Elizabeth Hodges, who appears to be Robert Hodges' mother, had received multiple condolences on her Facebook page as of Friday afternoon.

The names, ages and genders of the children have not been officially released. As police made their way to the apartment, a second 911 call was made to report that the children were possibly dead.

Only she says Hodges ran by them, his face showing no emotion.

Several people who knew Hodges and the victims said they were unaware of any domestic violence in the family. He is now being held without bail and scheduled for a court appearance on Monday.

Cops: 3 children found slain in Calif. apartment; suspect arrested

A message left at a telephone number linked to Hodges' parents was not immediately returned. Yolo County District Attorney's Office officials said they will announce any formal criminal charges filed against Hodges at 11:30 a.m. that day, ahead of the arraignment hearing.

"I know the mom is going through a lot herself", he said. "You are the light that shines on this family", said Mai Menzis.

"Something like this is very disturbing", Kinney said.

"It's just unbelievable. I mean, what's the explanation?"

"After a reasonable amount of time the medical staff pronounced all three children deceased", Kinney said.

"She said I hadn't had a chance to check yet, and we ran upstairs together actually", the neighbor said.

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Rodriguez reported from San Francisco.

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