Police discover three children killed in West Sacramento apartment; 'It's very difficult'

Three children were found dead late Wednesday in a West Sacramento apartment.

West Sacramento police received calls Wednesday night reporting a domestic violence incident as well as the possibility of deceased children inside the apartment near Jefferson Boulevard, Sgt. Roger Kinney told reporters.


Officers found the children and tried to perform life-saving care, he said. Firefighters soon arrived and also tried to revive them. But all three children were later pronounced dead, Kinney said.

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

Police said they arrested a suspect, Robert Hodges, 33, early Thursday.

Kinney said when officers got to the apartment, they found a woman police believe is the children's mother. Kinney said she was "the victim of domestic abuse" but declined to provide details. She lived in the apartment with the children and Hodges, Kinney said.

Police did not release the ages of the children or exactly how they were killed.



7:55 a.m.: This story was updated with the arrest of a suspect.

This story was originally published at 12:13 a.m.