Arizona mom admits to brutally killing her 3 babies as she felt trapped: 'I was on drugs, I was freaking out'
Rachel Henry 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'
PHOENIX, ARIZONA: A mother who allegedly smothered her three children, all under the age of 4, to death has told her relative that she did not “know what was going on”. Rachel Henry has earlier admitted to killing Zane Henry, 3, Miraya Henry, 20 months, and Catalaya Rios, 7 months, in January while her husband was at work.
The devastated family members are desperately trying to understand why Henry murdered her little tots and in an attempt to know the truth, her aunt Pearla Rebolledo recently confronted her in a video call as she remains behind the bars. "Rachel why did you do that? I can't understand this, I can't fathom what you have done," Rebolledo asked the mother.
To which she replied: “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. I was freaking out and I didn’t know what to do. I know I was scared." The video call that reportedly lasted for six-minute, Henry also said to Rebolledo that she told her family members that she was going crazy but no one paid any heed to her. "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 accused claimed.
Besides, Henry also presented another reason for her alleged heinous crime. She said, “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 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.”
The court documents have stated that Henry allegedly began her killing spree when Rebolledo went to pick up kids’ father, Pedro Rios, from work at around 2 pm back in January. She allegedly first started with Miraya before murdering Zane and Catalaya. The suspect also allegedly sang nursery rhymes as she smothered children to death.
"I don’t remember doing it because I don’t, it really wasn’t me,” Henry said to which children’s great-aunt countered: “I can’t understand, I can’t fathom what you've done."
MEA WorldWide previously reported that Zane tried to “to get her to stop” while her mother was killing Miraya. "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," a police report said. After killing the girl, who was set to turn two soon, Henry "chased" Zane and took him to a back bedroom, where she "straddled him with one of her legs and placed her hand over his nose and mouth and used her weight on the 3-year-old male" until he was dead.
The police report stated that the alleged killer mother was "singing to the 3-year-old male as he was scratching her chest and pinching her while she placed her hand over his nose and mouth." After killing the two, she turned to the youngest one, Catalaya, whom she fed a bottle of milk until the child fell asleep. She then "sang her a song as she placed her hand over her face and impeded her breath". Henry continued doing it until "she became unconscious and died."
Although Henry admitted to the triple murder, has pleaded not guilty. The trial in the case has been scheduled to start on September 30.