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Arizona to seek death penalty for mom accused of killing her 3 children

Rachel Henry (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX — The state of Arizona will seek the death penalty for a mother who is accused of killing her three young children in January, authorities said Thursday.

Rachel Henry, 22, was arrested Jan. 20 after she allegedly smothered her 3-year-old boy, 1-year-old girl and 7-month-old girl.

Henry pleaded not guilty on three first-degree murder charges.

Court documents submitted by Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel on Oct. 30 revealed that prosecutors will attempt to prove aggravating factors in Henry’s trial.

The case is eligible for the death penalty since it has first-degree murder charges and includes the death of children.

Police said Henry admitted to killing the children one by one at a home near Baseline Road and 24th Street where she lived with her husband, the kids and her great-aunt.

Henry allegedly then placed the children on the couch as if they were sleeping.

Family members told police Henry had a methamphetamine addiction and had recently been acting strange, according to police documents.

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