Three Children Found Dead in California, Father Arrested

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Robert Hodges was taken into custody shortly after midnight early Thursday morning, after he was pulled over by California Highway Patrol officers on Interstate 80 near West El Camino Avenue in Sacramento.

Police say neighbors called 911 to report a domestic violence incident involving Hodges and his wife, and that as officers were on their way a second call came in reporting the killings.

New details emerged in the case of a California man who allegedly killed three children before fleeing his Sacramento apartment on Wednesday night.

Officers found the children and tried to perform life-saving care, he said.

"My daughter, she walked home with them every day, and she says 'Mom, they're not gonna walk home with me anymore.' That hit hard", mother Cristina Alvarez said with tears streaming down her face. A lady was additionally found at the scene and is in contact with police.

The children's ages and causes of death haven't been released. "'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".

A relative said they were married for "more than a dozen years" and added, "We don't understand what happened, we really don't".

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"It's very hard, especially for the folks who are on scene", he said.

He continued: "It's horrific and it's very hard to deal with".

Theresa Bustamante who lives nearby, told the Californian television station that she wasn't aware anything was wrong either.

Their father, Robert Hodges, was arrested on suspicion of homicide and domestic violence. Mai Hodges was unable to be there, Menzies said, noting that she is going through great turmoil, but Hodges wished to convey her gratitude for the community's support. [Their apartment is] so quiet. The school district also brought in counselors and support personnel to help teachers and students during this time of grief. "I was in my apartment all the time".

Alina and Daniel Vertelnikov, who are friends of the victims, recalled how happy the kids seemed. We played different games like racing, and I don't know, it's (like) bang.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled on Thursday evening for the three victims, which include an 11-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and an 8-month-old infant boy.

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