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Records show troubled history for family of 3 children allegedly killed by mother Rachel Henry

Posted at 11:58 AM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 16:34:28-05

PHOENIX — Police reports from Oklahoma give insight into a troubled family history before three children were allegedly killed by their mother in Phoenix.

Seven-month-old Catalaya Kyeana Rios, 1-year-old Mireya Henry and 3-year-old Zane Henry were found dead Monday night. Their mother, 22-year-old Rachel Henry, confessed to smothering them one by one.

Henry is facing three counts of first-degree murder.

In court Tuesday, an attorney for the state said Henry had a history of drug addiction and that her kids had previously been removed from her home because of it.

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ABC15 obtained multiple police reports from Oklahoma police, recording multiple instances of domestic issues and concerns for the children's safety.


Police responded to a home in Prague, Oklahoma in early April 2016 for a domestic dispute between two women.

According to a police report, Susan Henry and her daughter Rachel were arguing outside of an apartment. According to a police report, Henry said "her mother was mad at her for dating an individual named Pedro" and "because (she) moved in with Pedro, but Susan didn't approve."

No charges were filed during the incident, and the disagreement reportedly ended with Susan saying she was "just concerned about Rachel's boyfriend being a bad influence on her."


In April 2017, police responded to a domestic dispute in Prague when Henry said (Pedro) Rios "threatened her and her 6-month-old child."

The report states that Rios took all of her money and that she was "scared he would return and break out the windows on her truck and hurt her or her child."

The report also states that Henry intended to get a protective order.


Police in Prague responded to Henry's residence three separate times for two incidents during the summer of 2018.

On July 4, police were requested to assist a Department of Human Services worker on a welfare check for two children. Police tried to make contact with Henry and Rios, but no one came to the door.

The next day, contact was made with Henry, who told the DHS worker that she "was in the process of leaving and getting away from Pedro Rios."

Henry was reportedly getting assistance with finding an apartment for her and the children to stay away from Rios.

The report states: "If Ms. Henry was seen back at the apartment or with Mr. Rios, DHS would take the children." At that time, Henry gathered some belongings to stay with a friend in Prague, the report says.

At the end of August, police assisted DHS with another welfare check on the children, when Henry said the children were staying with a friend.

During the conversation, officials heard a baby cry and Henry admitted that the babies were in the home, on a bed in the bedroom. Rios was also inside the home.

DHS reminded Henry and Rios that they did not "follow through with the safety plan" so they would need to find other arrangements for the children.

The children were then placed with Rios' grandmother "until DHS decided if the children would be removed permanently or returned to the parents."