Father arrested in deaths of three children

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

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.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, police received a domestic violence call from a woman at West Sacramento's Timbers Apartments, ABC 10 reported.

West Sacramento police today are investigating a triple homicide in which three children were killed. Upon arrival, first responders performed life-saving efforts on Hodges' 11-year-old son, 9-year-old daughter and 9-month-old baby boy, but were unable to revive them.

The children's mother was reportedly in the home when the killings occurred; police report she "was in close proximity" when her husband allegedly murdered them, although it's still unclear exactly how they were killed.

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.

"Obviously, she's traumatized, and it's going to take some time to find out what's going on", Kinney said of the mother.

The names and ages of the children were not immediately released, nor was their cause of death.

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

He had no apparent weapons and surrendered peacefully to the officers, who had recognized Hodges and his vehicle from the broadcast descriptions, Hertzell said. "The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbors - this call is going to have quite a bit of emotion".

A California dad murdered his three young children inside their home during a "horrific" domestic violence incident with his wife, cops said. It's horrific, and it's very hard to deal with. "(Their apartment is) so quiet", neighbor Theresa Bustamante told KCRA. The school district also brought in counselors and support personnel to help teachers and students during this time of grief.

Hodges did not have a significant criminal history and a neighbor said he seemed like a good father before the slayings, according to the newspaper.

"We played different games like racing, and I don't know, it's [like] bang. It just happened. It's so sad", Daniel said.

Two of the children were students at Southport Elementary School.

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