A small vigil is growing where a mother who allegedly stabbed her three children to death at a home near Interstate 17 and Bell Road. Police confirm that the children were partially dismembered.
There were some flowers and toys placed outside the crime scene tape on Thursday night.
“You feel bad for the family, you feel bad for the police officers. It’s just horrible,” Efren Bojorquez, a neighbor, said.
According to police, the woman is Octavia Rogers, 29. She allegedly also stabbed herself but survived. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but her condition has since been upgraded.
Her children have been identified as Jaikare Rahaman, 8, Jeremiah Adams, 5, and Avery Robinson, 2 months. The children’s grandmother has provided the photograph of the victims.
Sgt. Trent Crump said the woman was acting irrationally when her brother arrived home around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. She then locked him in the garage.
The man forced his way into the home and found his sister with multiple self-inflicted stab wounds to her abdomen and neck.
Crump said Rogers reportedly told her brother that “she is stabbing her abdomen because she is pregnant.” Police have not verified the pregnancy at this point.
Crump said the man went to grab some towels and sheets and called 911. He then went back into the home and found his sister trying to drown herself in a bathtub.
When they arrived on scene, police found the older boys in a bedroom closet and later located the baby, who had been “stuffed into a case.” They all had been stabbed multiple times.
“An absolutely horrific scene for the officers and for her brother to arrive to,” Crump said.
The home is owned by Rogers’ mother. Rogers and her children were staying in the home.
— Marc Liverman (@MarcLiverman) June 2, 2016