PHOENIX (KTVK) -- A recently-released police report offers shocking and horrific details about what led to a mother killing her three young children at their Phoenix home Monday night. 

According to the report, Rachel Henry admitted to smothering all three of her kids, one by one, even singing to some of them as she covered their mouths and noses.

Henry, 22, faces three counts of first-degree murder. Police say she admitted killing her 3-year-old son, her 1-year-old daughter and her 7-month-old daughter. The young children were found dead inside the family's home  near 24th Street and Southern Avenue Monday night.

Police report details

Excerpt from police report

We want to caution you that the explicit details revealed in the newly-released police report are very disturbing."Rachel admitted to smothering each child, starting with the one year old," states the police report.

HER 1-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER

Police say she began with her 1-year-old daughter. "Rachel was playing with the one-year-old female and was wrestling on top of her. Rachel felt the one-year-old female's breathing was obstructed but continued to impede her breath by placing her hand over the 1-year-old female's mouth," states the police report. Police say the girl would have turned 2 next week. 

Police say Henry told them the girl was kicking at her during the act, and that her three-year-old son was yelling at her "in an attempt to get her to stop." He even reportedly tried to stop his mom "by punching her to no avail," states the report.

"Rachel knew she had killed the one-year-old female when she stopped kicking," states the police report.

Police report details

Excerpt from police report

HER 3-YEAR-OLD SON

The police report goes on to say that Rachel then "chased the three year old male" but was reportedly "interrupted" when the other relatives returned home. One of those relatives then spent some time playing with the little boy.

But a short time later, "Rachel took the three year old male into a back bedroom where she changed his underpants," stated the police report. Once there, she "placed the 3-year-old male on the floor of the bedroom, straddled him with one of her legs and placed her hand over his nose and mouth." She then "used her weight on the 3-year-old male," continued the report.

The police report goes on to say that Henry was "singing to the three-year-old male as he was scratching her chest and pinching her while she placed her hand over his nose and mouth." 

"Rachel used her weight on top of the three year old male, straddling him to smother him until he died," states the police report.

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Excerpt from police report

HER INFANT DAUGHTER

Finally, police say, Henry moved on to her infant daughter, to whom she first gave a bottle. "Rachel fed the seven month old female a bottle in her bedroom until she fell asleep. Rachel sang her a song as she placed her hand over her face and impeded her breath. Rachel sang to the seven-month-old female until she became unconscious and died," states the police report.

Police report details

Excerpt from police report

THE AFTERMATH

The police report describes what Henry said she 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 and firefighters were later called to the home, where they discovered that all three children were dead. Henry was later arrested and booked into jail on three counts of first-degree murder. She's being held on a $3 million bond. w

Why such a high bail? During Tuesday's initial court appearance, county prosecutors voiced their concerns about the fact that Henry could be a flight risk. They said she has minimal ties to Arizona, and has reportedly only lived in our state since June of 2019. "Her ties are to Oklahoma, which is where she is from," stated the prosecutor. 

Meantime, police will continue to investigate what led up to this tragedy. Phoenix police say they'll be looking into whether postpartum depression might have been a factor. "It's mind-blowing, it's shocking. It's one of those things where you start asking yourself, why didn't she reach out for help?" said psychologist Dr. John Delatorre. "Could it be mental illness? Absolutely it could be mental illness. Could it be that the person saw no way out? That here they have to take care of so many children and they don't have enough resources to care for them?"

According to the police report, 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. 

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(2) comments

HoneyBeeRose

[censored] What a piece of garbage. I don’t understand how DCS returns children to families like this. It’s evident she didn’t have her addiction under control. Long term meth use causes psychosis. I hope they throw the book at her for what she did to those children. Some people should never be allowed to call themselves mom or dad and she’s one of them.

momma

I originally thought, post-partum depression, as the youngest was still under 1 year old but her drug history makes more sense. What a waste! Didn't the relatives that stopped over notice anything amiss?

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