THE FINAL act of a three-year-old boy who cops say was smothered to death by his mum was allegedly a failed attempt to save his little sister.
Rachel Henry, 22, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder after admitting she harmed the children in her home in Phoenix, Arizona.
Phoenix Police Department Sgt Mercedes Fortune said: “We are comfortable in saying now that the mother is responsible for the death of her children.”
On Monday, officers were called to the house and found three kids — a seven-month-old girl, a two-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, according to police — in a living room area near the front door at 7.30pm.
They have been identified by the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner as Zane Henry, Mireya Henry and Catalaya Rios.
Henry was said to have smothered the three children one by one before lining up their bodies in their Phoenix home, according to court documents.
She allegedly told police she smothered her youngest child first, wrestling with the child before placing her hand over the child’s mouth while she continued to kick in protest.
Meanwhile, her three-year-old son yelled “no” at his mother to “get her to stop,” cops said.
The boy even “punched” Henry, but “to no avail,” police wrote in court documents.
Rachel described singing to the three-year-old as he scratched her chest and pinched her
But she continued to smother the baby until she stopped breathing, according to the report. She left the body in the back bedroom.
“Rachel knew she killed the one-year-old female when she stopped kicking,” a Phoenix police investigator wrote.
Henry then chased her three-year-old into a back bedroom before smothering him.
“Rachel described singing to the three-year-old as he scratched her chest and pinched her,” the report detailed.
She next fed the seven-month-old female a bottle in her bedroom until she fell asleep.
A court document said she sang her a song while killing her.
The children’s little bodies were then placed on the living room couch as though they were taking a nap, the report says.
A relative who lives at the house called police late Monday, and officers found the kids in a living room with no obvious trauma.
Officers performed CPR on the little children but they were pronounced dead by paramedics.
Detectives haven’t determined a motive for the children’s tragic deaths.
The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine how they died.
They’re now trying to figure out what prompted Henry to commit such a senseless act.
Court documents also say had the youngsters taken away from her – only to have them returned prior to the killings.
A representative from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said that Henry apparently admitted to having a history of addiction to methamphetamine and that her children were previously removed from her care.
However, it’s likely this happened in Oklahoma before Henry moved to Arizona last year – as the Arizona Department of Child Safety told The Arizona Republic it had no previous contacts with the young mum.
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But court documents say she was not under the influence of drugs at the time of her kids’ deaths.
Henry, who recently moved to Arizona from Oklahoma, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder.
Her next court appearance is Jan. 28 and she’s being held on a $3million bond.
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