The 911 call came in the middle of the night: “My wife, my wife just shot her kids,” said the husband of a north Texas mother, sobbing as he spoke.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse says 29-year-old Sarah Nicole Henderson confessed to shooting her two daughters, 5 and 7, in their Payne Springs home, but she showed no remorse.
Prior to the murders, Jacob Henderson had called police around 11:30 Wednesday night, claiming that his wife was suicidal.
“My wife she’s like, I don’t know. Something’s going on with her. Like, she’s freaking out like somebody’s out to get her,” Jacob Henderson said in the first call. “She won’t listen to me. She won’t talk to me.”
A few minutes later he called back and tried to cancel the call for help, saying, “she’s fine now.”
Deputies showed up at the home anyway, and Henderson and her husband reported no problems.
Roughly three hours later, Henderson’s husband called again — this time sobbing — while he told them that his wife had just shot the two little girls, Kaylee and Kenlie. A woman can be heard crying and yelling, “What did I do?” and “God please forgive me, please”
Henderson also attempted to shoot her husband, but the gun jammed. Jacob Henderson took the firearm away from her and called police, Hillhouse said.
“She’s trying to commit suicide now, she’s trying to choke herself,” Henderson, who is not the girls’ father, told the dispatcher. “She keeps saying people are coming. There’s nobody even here.”
When Deputies returned to the home, Kaylee and Kenlie were dead. Their bodies have been taken for examination to Dallas, about 60 miles to the northwest.
Hillhouse told the station that the mom had been planning the killings for at least two weeks but didn’t give details, and no motive has been released.
Family, friends and neighbors are shocked by the senseless killings.
“There’s no reason for this, none at all,” neighbor Bridget Golds told CBS DFW. “How could someone do this to them?”
Jaylyne Palmer, who lives across the street, described the girls as “adorable” and recalled that they would often ride over to her home on their bicycles.
She told reporters that she would often hear Henderson yelling at the girls very loudly from the porch. But Palmer said she never heard or saw any other alarming behavior.
“Not easy to think about. (They’re) innocent little girls. It breaks our hearts,” said Palmer.
Officials with Texas Child Protective Services confirmed to the station that there had been contact with the family in 2011, but said the details were confidential.
Friday, bond was set at $2 million on a capital murder charge. Henderson remains behind bars and on suicide watch.
— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) November 3, 2017
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