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Police report reveals horrifying details on children’s murders

Rachel Henry
Rachel Henry's mug shot

Documents show how mother ended their young lives.

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - A newly-released police report reveals disturbing details on the alleged murders of three young children.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner says all three children were smothered. A Phoenix police report says their mother methodically ended all of their lives.

Investigators say 22-year-old Rachel Henry began with her 1-year-old daughter, Miraya, laying on top of her, and putting her hand over the little girl's mouth and nose.

Police say she described the girl's kicking, and recalled how her son tried to get her to stop. She says the little boy even punched her at one point. Investigators say Henry told them she knew the little girl was dead when her body went still.

Police say Henry went after 3-year-old Zane next. They say a relative briefly interrupted her, but say the mother eventually caught the boy, straddled him, and used her weight to force the air out of his body. They Investigators Henry sang to the boy while he fought for his life.

Police say the mother finished with her infant daughter. They say she fed the baby until she fell asleep. Officers say Henry then used her hand to smother the infant as well.

Investigators say Henry then took the children into the living room, and position them as if they were taking a nap. She did not tell anyone in the house what had happened.

The children's great-aunt was in the home when all this happened. She says the children never appeared to be in any danger.

Pearl Rebolledo Velazco says she and the children's father were both at home on the night Rachel Henry is accused of killing her seven-month old and one-year-old daughters, and her three-year-old son. She says neither noticed anything wrong.

Henry now faces three counts of first-degree murder. She's being held on a $3-million bond.

Police reports indicate she is a methamphetamine addict. Court documents show she previously lost custody of her children in Oklahoma because of her addiction.

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Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she has a long history with the Desert Southwest.


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