Police arrest dad in killings of 3 children in W. Sacramento
WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) — Three children, one a baby, were killed inside a West Sacramento apartment by their father following an altercation with his wife, authorities said Thursday.
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.
The children were killed at the family’s apartment after 9 p.m. Wednesday. Police and first responders tried life-saving measures on the children, but all three were pronounced dead at the scene.
Yolo County Chief Deputy Coroner Gina Moya said they are 11-year-old Kelvin Hodges, 9-yearold Julie Hodges and Lucas Hodges, who was born in January and was nearly eight months old.
Police have not revealed how the children were killed. Moya said the results of autopsies are expected to be released Friday.
West Sacramento Police Sgt. Roger Kinney said the mother was a victim of domestic violence but that he didn’t know the extent of her injuries. He said the mother was close by when the killings occurred but didn’t witness them.
Hodges is being held without bail for a Monday court appearance, with charges likely to be announced that morning, said Yolo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven.
The mother is Mai Hodges, who works as a cashier at Thunder Valley Casino northeast of Sacramento, said casino spokesman Doug Elmets. The casino was offering grief counseling for employees, whom Elmets said are “shocked by the senselessness of the tragedy.”