Woman charged with killing kids faced child-welfare scrutiny

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This Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 booking photo released by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, shows Rachel Henry, 22, who has been arrested on suspicion of killing her three children. They were found dead inside the family’s home after firefighters got a call about a drowning authorities said Tuesday. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) — Police say a woman charged with murder in the deaths of her three young kids in Phoenix was the subject of home visits by officers and child-welfare authorities when she previously lived in Oklahoma.

The reports released by police in Oklahoma say a relative was given custody of Rachel Henry’s children for seven days in 2018 while authorities decided whether to take them away permanently.

Henry is charged with murder in Monday’s killings of 3-year-old Zane Henry, 1-year-old Miraya Henry and 7-month-old Catalaya Rios.

Henry’s attorney didn’t return a call seeking comment.

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