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

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

Hours earlier, circa 9.30pm, Wednesday evening, cops had been called to a West Sacramento apartment complex for a domestic violence incident reported sfgate.

She said the grandparents have yet to speak to Hodges or his wife.

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. She is viewed as a casualty of aggressive behavior at home, police said. "The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbours-this call is going to have quite a bit of emotion".

Someone - it's not clear whether it was the mother - managed to dial 911 from inside the apartment, but, by the time police arrived, it was too late for the children. It's horrific, and it's very hard to deal with. 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.

Frighteningly, the children's great-grandmother, Irene Aiello, said the family had no inclination that Mai was being abused by her husband.

She said the couple had been married for at least 12 years.

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"It's horrific and it's very hard to deal with", said West Sacramento Police Sgt. Roger Kinney. The children's names, ages and genders have not been released by authorities. "This is going to take not hours, not days, it's going to take a long time to come to grips with what happened there". It's horrific, and it's very hard to deal with.

Speaking to kcra, local resident, Theresa Bustamante expressed shock of news of the triple homicide. (These apartments are) so quiet. Guidance counselors and chaplains will be at the school at least through the rest of the week to help students, teachers and parents deal with the tragic deaths.

"The kids seemed jolly most of the time, seemed happy. Together, we grieve this loss", the release continued.

Longtime friends of Robert Hodges are just as stunned and saddened by all that's happened.

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.

"They were attractive great-grandbabies", Aiello said.

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