Dad Said to Be 'Content' After Allegedly Killing His 3 Kids in the Most Heinous Way

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Last week, a California father was accused of murdering his three children in a heartbreaking domestic violence dispute that's left his community stunned. Now, chilling new details have emerged regarding what allegedly happened on that tragic day, including how the children died and what happened to their mother.


Thirty-two-year-old Robert Hodges was arrested for the murders of his three children last Thursday. Eleven-year old Kelvin Hodges, 9-year-old Julie Hodges, and Lucas Hodges -- who was nearly 8 months -- were all found dead in their Sacramento, California, apartment after police arrived to investigate a domestic disturbance. 

Neighbors who witnessed some of the altercation claim that Hodges's wife, Mai, ran from their second-story apartment after being choked. Shortly after, he allegedly proceeded to murder all three of his children using a belt. Police claim that Mai Hodges was in the home at the time of the murders but did not witness them.

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As of now, Robert Hodges is being held in custody with an arraignment scheduled for today, Monday, September 18. In addition to facing three charges for the murders of his children, he is also facing one count of attempted murder for the alleged assault of his wife. A GoFundMe account has been set up by neighbors to help Mai Hodges with expenses as she grieves the loss of her children.

Officers who questioned Robert say they are still searching for a specific motive, with West Sacramento police Sgt. Roger Kinney claiming, "I don't know what they gleaned from that interview. I don't know what the motive was."

In an interview with CBS, one neighbor who came to Mai's aid during the events said of Robert's behavior following the alleged murders, "He seemed content. He seemed content. Absent. He was not in a rage."

Obviously there's no way to make sense of this horrifying tragedy. Our hearts break for this family and this community as they try to come to grips with such a heinous crime.

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