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The Latest: IDs of 3 children killed in California confirmed

In this photo released Thursday Sept. 14, 2017, by the Yolo County, Calif., Jail is Robert Hodges. Three children were killed inside a California apartment and their father has been arrested in the deaths that followed a domestic violence altercation with his wife, authorities said Thursday. California Highway Patrol officers arrested Robert Hodges, 33, on Interstate 80 in Sacramento. (Yolo County Jail via AP)
September 14, 2017 - 4:06 PM

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Latest on three children killed inside an apartment in Northern California (all times local):

4 p.m.

The Yolo County coroner's office is identifying the three children authorities say were slain by their father in their California apartment.

Chief Deputy Coroner Gina Moya said Thursday that they are 11-year-old Kelvin Hodges, 9-year-old Julie Hodges and Lucas Hodges, who was born in January and was nearly eight months old.

Yolo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven says their father, 33-year-old Robert Hodges, is being held without bail for a court appearance Monday. He says charges are likely to be announced that morning.

He has not heard that Hodges has an attorney.

West Sacramento police Sgt. Roger Kinney says Hodges killed the children following an altercation with his wife.

Thunder Valley Casino northeast of Sacramento confirms that the mother is Mai Hodges, who works as a cashier.

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3:10 p.m.

Prosecutors say the man suspected of killing his three children, including a baby, inside their California apartment is expected to be formally charged next week.

Yolo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven said Thursday that 33-year-old Robert Hodges is being held without bail for a court appearance Monday. He says charges are likely to be announced that morning.

He has not heard that Hodges has an attorney.

West Sacramento police Sgt. Roger Kinney says Hodges killed the children following a domestic violence altercation with his wife.

Police arrested Hodges in neighbouring Sacramento at around midnight Thursday.

Thunder Valley Casino, northeast of Sacramento, confirms that the mother is Mai Hodges, who works as a cashier.

The school that two of the children attended plans a candlelight vigil Thursday.

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11:40 a.m.

West Sacramento Police Sgt. Roger Kinney says the mother of three children killed by their father inside the family's apartment did not witness the killings but that "she was in close proximity."

Sacramento television station KCRA earlier reported that Kinney told the station that the woman had witnessed the killings.

Kinney says investigators tell him she did not.

Kinney says California Highway Patrol officers arrested 33-year-old Robert Hodges after midnight Thursday.

Hodges' grandmother, Irene Aiello, tells The Associated Press that relatives were unaware of any previous marital disputes.

Aiello says the couple had been married more than a dozen years and had an 11-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and another boy, born in January.

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This story has been corrected to show that TV station reported that police said the mother witnessed the killings, but police say she did not, she was in "close proximity."

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10:45 a.m.

The great-grandmother of three children killed in what police in California say was a domestic violence incident says relatives were unaware of any previous marital disputes.

Irene Aiello of West Sacramento says the couple had been married more than a dozen years and had an 11-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and another boy, born in January.

She tells The Associated Press that the three were beautiful children.

She says the grandparents have yet to speak to their grandson, 33-year-old Robert Hodges, nor his wife.

Hodges was arrested early Thursday after police say neighbours called 911.

West Sacramento Police Sgt. Roger Kinney says the mother witnessed Hodges kill the children. Kinney said that she was a victim of domestic violence.

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9:30 a.m.

Police say the man arrested in the killings of three children inside a Northern California apartment was the children's father.

West Sacramento Police Sgt. Roger Kinney says 33-year-old Robert Hodges was taken into custody after midnight Thursday.

Kinney says neighbours called 911 to report a domestic violence incident involving Hodges and his wife and that as officers were en route, a second call came in reporting the killings.

He says the mother witnessed Hodges kill the children, and that she was a victim of domestic violence. Kinney said that he didn't know the extent of her injuries.

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6:30 a.m.

Police say three children were killed inside an apartment in California and that their mother's husband was arrested hours later.

Sacramento television station KCRA (http://bit.ly/2x19iSz) reports that 33-year-old Robert Hodges was taken into custody after midnight Thursday.

West Sacramento Police Sgt. Roger Kinney says investigators have not determined if Hodges was the children's father.

Kinney says the triple-homicide happened sometime after 9 p.m. Wednesday and that the initial 911 call came in as a domestic violence incident.

He says the mother witnessed Hodges kill her children, and that she was a victim of domestic violence.

No other information was released.

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1:13 a.m.

Police say they're looking for a man in connection with the deaths of three children found in a California apartment Wednesday night after what they called a "domestic violence incident."

Sacramento's KXTV (http://bit.ly/2vVJK88 ) reports officers with the West Sacramento Police Department say a woman found at the scene who is being questioned by police is also considered a victim of domestic violence.

Police say they're looking for a 33-year-old man from West Sacramento and his vehicle.

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