Kids Found Dead In West Sacramento Apartment; Man Arrested

Katrina Barker
September 16, 2017

Robert Hodges, a 33-year-old dad has murdered his three young kids - including his eight-month-old baby - in front of his wife after a violent row, cops have confirmed. Police report that the mother was home during the time her children were killed but did not witness their deaths.

His three children - all under the age of 12 - were killed at the family's West Sacramento home Wednesday evening, after a violent altercation between Hodges and his wife.

The children were slain inside the family's apartment around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13.

Officers found the children and tried to perform life-saving care, he said. Details as to how they were killed have not yet been released. "It's horrific, and it's very hard to deal with", he said. "The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbors". It's horrific, and it's very hard to deal with. "'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".

Remembering the happy children, Daniel Vertelnikov, who is friends with the youngsters, said: "We always played together. I was watching my movies and I didn't hear nothing", she said.

Authorities have not revealed how the children lost their lives, nor have they provided any additional information on Hodges' arrest.

Hundreds of people gathered at a vigil for the children Thursday night at an elementary school, leaving candles, stuffed animals and signed cards in their honor.

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.

Neighbors in the complex were shocked by the slayings.

"No fighting, no nothing". (These apartments are) so quiet.

"I played with her nearly every single day. she was a nice friend", Alina said. We played different games like racing, and I don't know, it's (like) bang. "It just happened. It's so sad".

"Obviously, she's traumatized, and it's going to take some time to find out what's going on", West Sacramento police Sgt. Roger Kinney explained at a press conference.

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