Phoenix mother accused of killing 3 sons is jailed

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Posted: Jun 06, 2016 3:10 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona mother screamed in religious fervor as police arrived hours after her three young sons were stabbed to death and stuffed in a closet, newly released court records say.

Octavia Renee Rogers, 29, was released from a hospital and booked into jail Sunday in Phoenix on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of the boys — ages 8, 5 and 2 months.

The report says Rogers's brother Marquis Perkins told police that she recently began researching various religious ideologies.

He said he found Rogers in a garage after returning from work late Wednesday. Rogers told him she "had the answers" and referenced the Mayan calendar, he said.

Perkins called 911 after she locked herself in a room, where police said she stabbed herself in the abdomen and neck. Police found Roger's bleeding in a bathtub, screaming that "she was the creator" and "wanted to go back to the creator," according to the report.

It was not immediately clear if Rogers has an attorney who could comment on the allegations. She was being held in lieu of $1 million bond.

Her older sister Voniticia Nickerson has called Rogers a devoted mother and said she saw no signs Rogers was troubled.

Police say Rogers initially lied to her brother about the location of the children and later said, "for all I know they can be in the closet."

Authorities found the bodies of the boys beneath piles of clothes and boxes. Her 2-month-old son was found in a suitcase. They had been partially dismembered.

Police said they found a broken knife blade inside a bloody sheet and another knife blade in Roger's purse.