Children’s aunt says she was home when they were suffocated


A makeshift memorial grows in front of the home where Rachel Henry was arrested on suspicion of killing her three children after they were found dead inside the family home earlier in the week, shown here Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — A relative of three young children who police say were suffocated by their mother says the woman never appeared to be a danger.

Pearl Rebolledo Velazco, the children’s great-aunt, spoke at a candlelight vigil Wednesday night outside the home where police say 22-year-old Rachel Henry killed her children.

Velazco says she and the youngest child’s father were in the house when Henry allegedly killed them Monday night.

But she says they were completely unaware of what was going on in the next room.

Henry remains jailed on $3 million bond on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder.

It was not known if she has an attorney.

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