Police: Mom arrested after 3 young kids found dead in Phoenix home

Posted at 9:06 AM, Jan 21, 2020

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The mother of three young children found dead in a Phoenix home Monday night has been arrested, police announced Tuesday morning.

Officers with the Phoenix Police Department were called to the home near 24th Street and Southern Avenue around 7:25 p.m.

Police say when officers arrived, they were met by three adults. When they went inside the home, they found the three kids unresponsive.

Officers performed CPR before fire crews arrived and pronounced the 3-year-old boy, 2-year-old girl and 7-month-old girl dead. Police say family members told officers the children had been sick.

It is too early to determine the cause of death and there were no obvious signs of trauma, said Phoenix Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune.

"This is one of the most difficult calls that officers and fire respond to, ones dealing with young ones who have lost their lives," said Fortune.

Phoenix Fire spokesman Rob McDade said the firefighters who responded to the call were sent home early to be with their families after such a traumatic scene. Their shift was supposed to end tomorrow.

On Tuesday morning, police say the mother of the children, a 22-year-old woman who recently moved to Arizona from Oklahoma, was arrested. She reportedly admitted to killing the children.

Police say the mother will be booked into jail on three charges of first-degree murder.

This story was originally published by staff at KNXV.