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'Dad' kills his three children after violently beating wife

16 September 2017

Police have made an arrest after three children were found dead in a California home Wednesday, reports CBS Sacramento.

Neighbors called 911 to report a domestic violence incident, and as police were on the way to the apartment, someone called again to report the children were possibly dead, he said.

Police and medical personnel rushed to the scene and attempted to save the children, aged 11, nine, and eight months, but to no avail - all three were declared dead at the scene of the crime.

Police are actively searching for a male suspect.

Police activity will be ongoing in the area through the night and into the morning hours. Sacramento television station KCRA earlier reported that Kinney told the station the woman had witnessed the killings. "The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbours-this call is going to have quite a bit of emotion".

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

Tiffanie Perez said this is her daughter's first year at Southport, and she didn't know the Hodges children.

He continued: "It's horrific and it's very hard to deal with".

Neighbors and officials organized a candlelight vigil at the school, while a makeshift memorial sprouted outside the family's second-floor apartment in a quiet, neatly maintained apartment complex with a gated driveway.

"He was choking her and she called the police for domestic violence", she said.

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Hodges reportedly fled the home after the slayings, but he was later taken into custody by California Highway patrol Officers.

Police arrested Hodges in neighboring Sacramento at around midnight Thursday.

The names, ages and genders of the children have not been officially released.

Two of the victims went to Southport Elementary School. "I was in my apartment all the time". Guidance counselors and chaplains will be at the school at least through the rest of the week to help students, teachers and parents deal with the tragic deaths.

Other neighbors described the children as "happy-go-lucky" and said it didn't seem like there was much out of the ordinary.

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Longtime friends of Robert Hodges are just as stunned and saddened by all that's happened.

'Dad' kills his three children after violently beating wife