Robert Hodges, a 33-year-old dad has murdered his three young kids - including his eight-month-old baby - in front of his wife after a violent row, cops have confirmed.
The initial 911 call came in as a domestic violence incident, and as police were on the way to the apartment, someone called 911 again to report the children were possibly dead, Kinney said.
Cabaldon went on to say police and fire personnel who responded to the scene are devastated they could not do more to for everyone involved, but "we are proud of the way they handled a challenging set of circumstances with professionalism and sensitivity". The mother of the children is considered a domestic violence victim, according to the police.
"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.
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Police activity will be ongoing in the area through the night and into the morning hours.
"Obviously, she's traumatized, and it's going to take some time to find out what's going on", Kinney said. West Sacramento Police Sgt. Roger Kinney said the mother is "traumatised" by the incident. "The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbors. 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". There's no word yet on the extent of her injuries. It's horrific, and it's very hard to deal with. Hodges was arrested on suspicion of murder, police said.
"And then I wrote a note to them to say 'good luck.' I wish them good luck in heaven", she said.
A makeshift memorial sprouted outside the family's second-floor apartment in a quiet, neatly maintained apartment complex with a gated driveway.
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Authorities have not revealed how the children lost their lives, nor have they provided any additional information on Hodges' arrest. The school district also brought in counselors and support personnel to help teachers and students during this time of grief.
Around midnight, the California Highway Patrol noticed the suspect's vehicle on westbound Interstate 80 near El Camino.
Two of the children were students at Southport Elementary School.
Other neighbors described the children as "happy-go-lucky" and said it didn't seem like there was much out of the ordinary. "It just happened. It's so sad".
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