Po­lice ar­rest dad in killings of 3 chil­dren in W. Sacra­mento

Ripon Bulletin - - Local/state -

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.”

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