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UPDATE: Bail set at $3-million for Phoenix mother accused of murdering her children

Rachel Henry
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Rachel Henry's mug shot

Officers identify woman as 22-year-old Rachel Henry

UPDATE, 6:12 P.M.:

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - A Phoenix judge sets bail for a mother accused of killing her three children at $3-million.

22-year-old Rachel Henry will face a judge again on January 28.

Police still haven't released how Henry's children died. They do say she admitted to killing them.

She faces three counts of first-degree murder.

ORIGINAL STORY:

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Police say the mother of three children found dead in a Phoenix home has admitted to killing them.

22-year-old Rachel Henry now faces three counts of first-degree murder.

Henry's seven-month old and 2-year old daughters, and her 3-year-old sone were all found dead Monday night. It's still unclear how they died.


"Our medical examiner's going to obviously do the examination of the three children, and that's going to be determined by them. Right now we know that based on what mother is saying that she did harm her children." said Sgt. Mercedes Fortuna of the Phoenix Police Department.

Police say a relative called them. They say the children's father, their mother, and another relative were all in the house when they arrived.

Officers and paramedics tried CPR to revive the children, but those efforts failed. They pronounced them dead the scene.

"This investigation is still ongoing, there's still a lot of collection and gathering of evidence that needs to still be done. And obviously there's going to be other interviews with witnesses and additional information." said Sgt. Fortuna.

"As you can imagine this case is very complex, there's a lot of moving parts to it, and so we are comfortable in saying now that the mother is responsible for the death of the children."

Sgt. Fortuna said officers were told the children were sick earlier in the day. She added the kids showed no obvious signs of trauma.

KYMA.com will continue to follow this story and bring you new details as they become available.

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