The 22-year-old claimed that she was high on drugs when she killed her 3-year-old son and two infant daughters.
Trigger Warning: The story has graphic details of child murders that readers will find disturbing.
An Arizona mom who smothered and killed her three small children informed a relative that she does not remember anything about the horrifying murders. Twenty-two-year-old Rachel Henry, who has been in state prison since January, claimed that she was high on drugs when she killed her 3-year-old son and two infant daughters. Charged with first-degree murders, the young woman pleaded not guilty to the crimes. According to 12 News, the latest details of the case came to light during a video call between Pearla Rebolledo, the great aunt of the murdered children, and Henry from prison.
For the first time, Rachel Henry explains what was going through her head while police say she murdered her three children earlier this year. https://t.co/FSozOft0ot— 12 News (@12News) September 8, 2020
In the video obtained by the publication, Rebolledo asked Henry why she killed her children. "I didn’t know what was going on. I told you I felt like I was losing my mind because I didn’t understand why you guys, why everyone was acting the way they were. I didn't, I was on drugs," she responded. "I was freaking out and I didn't know what to do. I know I was scared."
"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," she added during the six-minute call.
Az. Mom Accused of Smothering 3 Kids to Death Is Confronted by Family, Says 'I Was Scared': Report https://t.co/njcA8PBU0S— MSN (@MSN) September 8, 2020
When pressed more about her actions, Henry said she wanted to go outside but was not being allowed by her family members. "Do you know how bad I wanted to go to the store? I wanted to go outside. I wanted to do this and I wanted to do that. You said I couldn’t be seen by Fransico. You said I couldn’t go to the store because of the babies and this and that. I was trapped in the house and I felt like I was going crazy," she said. As per court documents, Henry allegedly killed her children when the aunt went to pick the children's father up from work.
Only 22 and the mother of three small children all under age 4?— Paul Fox (@PaulFox50854324) January 21, 2020
That poor woman was obviously over-whelmed at being a full-time baby factory.
Not excusing her actions, but, by God, I understand why she snapped.
Henry told police that she wrestled with 23-month-old Mireya before placing her hand over her daughter's mouth, reports USA Today. While the toddler kicked in protest, her 3-year-old brother Zane reportedly yelled at his mother to stop and tried to punch her in the face. However, Henry allegedly remained unfazed and continued to smother her daughter until she stopped breathing. She is then said to have left the child's lifeless body in the back bedroom before trying to chase down Zane.
#Breaking:— Kim Powell (@KimPowellTV) January 21, 2020
We are getting our first look at 22-year-old Rachel Henry, who admitted to killing her 3 young children last night. Police say she recently moved to Arizona from Oklahoma. #azfamily pic.twitter.com/8yBjPXdAcx
The aunt and her fiancé supposedly returned home at that moment. After they spent some time playing with the boy, Henry took Zane into a back bedroom to change him and allegedly straddled him with her legs and smothered him as she sang to him. The boy is said to have scratched his mother's chest and tried to pinch her to get her to stop but was unable to escape her clutches. Henry then allegedly fed her youngest daughter Catalaya a bottle until she fell asleep before placing a hand over the 6-month-old's face and obstructing her breathing while singing to her.
Arizona mother accused of killing three children confessed to smothering them while she sang, police say— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 22, 2020
Rachel Henry is charged with the deaths of her 3-year-old son and her daughters, who were 7 months and 1 year old.https://t.co/JKQTNPvyOZ
The woman placed the bodies of her three dead children on the living room couch as if they were taking a nap and didn't tell her fiancé or the aunt what happened. "I don’t remember doing it (inaudible), because I don’t, it really wasn’t me," Henry told Rebolledo during the call. "I can’t understand, I can’t fathom what you've done," the heartbroken aunt responded. Dr. Carol Olson, chairwoman of the psychiatric department for Valleywise Healthcare, said that Henry's history of methamphetamine use may have been a contributing factor while noting that sudden psychosis is a possible side effect of methamphetamine usage. Henry's trial is set to begin on September 30.