The mother admitted to killing her three children in Phoenix .
The meaning of being a mother is endless. A mother is a protector, disciplinarian, and friend. A mother should be a selfless, loving human who would sacrifice many of their own wants and needs for the wants and needs of their children.
A mother will often work hard to make sure they give their child the knowledge, skills, and abilities to give their child the best shot at a life they can. This does not describe Rachel Henry.
Henry was the 'mother' to three children, identified as Zane Henry, 3, Miraya Henry, 1, and 7-month-old Catalaya Rios at the time of their deaths.
Rachel Henry was only 22-years-old when she was accused of killing her three young children at their home in Phoenix. Her three children were found dead on January 20, 2020. According to a police statement, Henry confessed that she took the lives of her 3-year-old boy, 2-year-old girl, and 7-month girl.
The case began with a call to 911, which prompted police to visit her home. Once there, officers found 3 children who were all unresponsive. They attempted to perform CPR bud sadly it was too late and the children were gone. The family moved to Arizona over the summer from Oklahoma. Henry was booked into jail on three counts of first-degree murder.
Family members disclosed to the police that the children had been ill earlier in the day, according to a police spokesperson at a press conference. Court records recounted how Henry allegedly smothered the three children one by one before lining up their bodies on the living room sofa. However, the records don't provide a possible motive for the brutal killing. Henry also said that she suffocated the children while singing to them. During an interview with police, it was disclosed to the authorities that Henry battled a meth addiction. During a court hearing, a county prosecutor told the judge that the children had been previously taken away from Henry because of her issues with drugs.
“My understanding is that her kids had previously been removed from her home by DCS related to her drug addiction,” said a county prosecutor to the judge.
Henry went into detail explaining that she first smothered the 1-year-old girl. When the little girl stopped moving, Henry said she knew she was dead. Henry straddled the 3-year-old boy with her legs and pinched his nose and mouth. She told police that the boy struggled and tried to hit and kick her. The small boy even clawed at his mother’s chest while desperately trying to breathe. Unfazed, Henry sang to him, according to court documents. The suspect then proceeded to place her hand over the 7-month-old girl's nose and mouth as she sang to the baby. When it was all over, Henry placed all three children in the living room in a napping position.
In the following months, footage emerged of a filmed jailhouse conversation between Rachel Henry and her Aunt, Pearla Rebolledo. In the video, Henry explains to her Aunt that her family does not take her mental health seriously and claims to feel trapped at home by her family, who would not let her leave.
“That is the point I kept telling you. I felt like I was losing my mind. I didn’t know what was going on, I tried to talk to someone they said I was stupid or I scared, and I didn’t know what I was talking about,” the jailed mother says.
Rachel Henry has pleaded not guilty to killing her children. She does not appear to have a prior criminal record in Arizona or Oklahoma. Rachel Henry is being held in the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix on $3 million bail, according to online records. She was charged with three counts of first-degree murder. She is scheduled to return to court on January 31.
The state of Arizona will seek the death penalty for Rachel Henry, 23, who allegedly suffocated and killed her three children in January in Phoenix. On Oct. 30, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel submitted court documents with the state's intent to seek the death penalty if Henry is convicted of first-degree murder. The prosecution plans to present aggravating factors and evidence during the sentencing proceedings.