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Police: Mother allegedly stabs three sons to death; children found partially dismembered

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PHOENIX – Phoenix police were investigating a triple homicide after a woman allegedly stabbed her three children to death at a home near Interstate 17 and Bell Road. Police confirm that the children were partially dismembered.

Sgt. Trent Crump said the woman was acting irrationally when her brother arrived home around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2nd. She then locked him in the garage.

The man forced his way into the home and found his sister, 29-year-old Octavia Rogers, with multiple self-inflicted stab wounds to her abdomen and neck, according to KPHO.

Octavia Rogers, 29, stabbed herself as well but survived and is being treated at an area hospital, according to police. (Facebook)

Crump said the woman 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.

Firefighters treated Rogers and transported her to a nearby hospital. She is in critical condition but is expected to survive.

Police officers went into the home and found that Rogers had allegedly killed her three sons, ages eight, five and approximately two months old. Crump said the officers 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.

Police were waiting for a search warrant to enter the home, which is owned by the Rogers’ mother. Rogers and her children were staying in the home.

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  • mbn

    You know what? She brought this on herself. Having three kids by three different fathers and no control apparently over her pregnancies. She is mentally ill. Her family should have stepped in a long time ago.

    • mae White

      How does anyone “bring” mental illness on themselves? 2 months old, postpartum psychosis has nothing to do with how many children you already have, or who the fathers are.

      • deren

        This is a clear case of post partum depression. All the red flags were there and now it is too late because now, despite it being mental illness, people will want a witch hunt and say all kinds of nasty things because they don’t know how it can affect a mother’s thinking. She was surely in a state of illogical thinking brought on by a very serious condition that many mothers suffer from yet no one picks up on before it is too late. It is beyond her control.

      • CinAZ

        It didn’t say that she brought on the mental illness, herself. She brought on her problems, herself. Sleeping around frequently does cause problems, as do multiple kids. She wasn’t stable enough to handle motherhood, obviously, so she resorted to murdering the kids. End of problems. The article didn’t suggest that it was post-partum depression……….., you have made that diagnosis. Maybe she had a history of mental problems. The only conclusion to be drawn from the information given is that she had a psychotic episode and felt that she had to kill her kids, and try to kill herself. I feel sorry for her brother, and hope he has counselling to help him through this ordeal.

    • Breonte Johnson

      No one can judge the woman until they have been in her shoes and what a bunch of inconsiderable a##holes smh. I’m currently studying mental health and it is a vicious disease that people don’t take serious enough and is becoming more common. My heart aches about the babies no they didn’t deserve that and may they rest with God and praying they didn’t suffer and clearly you can tell this young woman was suffering from some type of mental illness and the news is so damn messy and hope everyone who have something negative and inconsiderate to say feel great about themselves and got the attention they seeked. The people in this world is so cruel and evil and no one is perfect and everyone has their day smh

  • Melody Harmon

    It’s sad that everyone views this and condemns the mother so much. Yes, what she did was horrific. However, she had a 2 month old baby. I can almost guarantee that she was suffering from postpartum psychosis. I say this because I have been there. It hits quickly and is quite severe. I was lucky. I had people in my life that could see the very early warning signs and got me into the hospital. I feel so sad about what happened to those poor children, but my heart aches for the mother as well. She will get help now and she will have to live with this for the rest of her life. That in itself is the worst sentence you can give a person.

  • mae White

    It wouldnt matter if She “had”. This happens to women even with their first pregnancy-birth. And don’t know when 3 children became too many in America, but it’s a normal number in the real world.

    • HaHa

      Three children by three different “Baby Daddies”, one only two months old with a fourth on the way.

      That might be acceptable in Sub Saharan African, but pretty much everywhere else on earth it would be considered a Justifiable reason for Suicide.

  • shockedonlooker

    Regardless of their mother’s morals…the eyes of those three beautiful babies just make me cry…pitiful…

  • j Crawford

    Why is everybody talking about her having multiple fathers. It doesn’t matter. The fact is she killed her kids and now she must deal with it. Why haven’t no one side anything about the fathers ( were they helping take care of the kids). Too many tines in society the mothers always have to take responsibility for any negative that happens. Wake up world – there two people involved in the conception of a child.

  • that "racist" dude

    Normally I make racist jokes about the irrational crimes stupid black people commit but this is too disturbing even for me. If this doesn’t make you a little sad you might be dimented.

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