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Children identified in Phoenix murder

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PHOENIX (KYMA, KECY)- UPDATE

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner releases the names of the three children who were allegedly killed by their mother in Phoenix.

AzFamily reports the children have been identified as Zane Ezri Henry, Mireya Henry, and Catalaya Kyeana Rios.

The mother, Rachel Henry faces three counts of first-degree murder in the death of the children.

ORIGINAL STORY

Police reports release shocking details about what led a mother of three to kill her children Monday night.

AzFamily reports the mother Rachel Henry, admitted to police to smothering all three of her kids one by one, singing to some of them as she covered their mouths and noses.

The 22-year-old faces three counts of first-degree murder. The children were found dead inside the family's home near 24th Street and Southern Avenue.

According to the police reports, Henry was playing with the one-year-old girl and continued to wrestle on top of her. Henry felt the one-year-old's breathing was obstructed but continued to impede her breathing by placing her hand over the one-year-old's mouth.

Police said Henry told them the girl was kicking her during the act and her three-year-old was yelling at her in an attempt to stop her.

Police reports continued to state that Henry then chased the three-year-old before other relatives returned home. After the relatives then spent time playing with the boy, she took him into a back bedroom where she changed his underpants. That's when Henry began straddling him with one of her legs and placed her hands over his nose and mouth. During this act, Henry tells police she sang to the boy as he was scratching her chest and pinching her as she covered his nose and mouth.

As for her infant daughter, police say Henry gave her her seven-month-old a bottle until she fell asleep. She then sang her a song as she placed her hand over her face and impeded her to breathe. The police report states she sang to the infant before she became unconscious and died.

After murdering her children, police reports describe what Henry did next. "Rachel placed all of the children in a position on the living room couch as if they were taking a nap." She also reportedly did not tell any other family members in the home what had just happened.

Police reports state Henry "had a methamphetamine addiction and had been acting strange the past several days." During her first court appearance Tuesday, we also learned that her kids had been removed from her home in the past. "My understanding is that her kids had previously been removed from her home by DCS related to her drug addiction," a county prosecutor told the judge. Arizona's Family has confirmed that her kids had been taken away from her in Oklahoma, according to AzFamily.

Henry is being held on a $3 million bond.

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