PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Phoenix mother who police say admitted to killing her three young children pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday morning.

[VIDEO: Phoenix mother who police say admitted killing her children enters not guilty plea]

Rachel Henry, 22, faced a judge where she officially pleaded not guilty. On Jan. 28, a grand jury indicted Henry on three counts of first-degree murder, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said. The charges are one count each for each of her three young children, Zane, Miraya and Catalaya. 

[RELATED: Police report reveals horrific details about how Phoenix mom smothered her 3 kids]

On Jan. 20, emergency crews were called to a home near 24th Street and Southern Avenue in south Phoenix, where they found the three kids unresponsive. Court records revealed that Henry confessed to smothering all her children to death.

[RAW VIDEO: Phoenix mother accused of killing her 3 children pleads not guilty]

During Henry's first court appearance, we learned that the kids were previously taken away from her by the state of Oklahoma, where the family lived before moving to Arizona.

[RELATED: Phoenix mom accused of killing 3 kids had them taken away in the past, prosecutor says]

Arizona's Family reached out to the Department of Human Services in Oklahoma. The agency said that due to confidentiality laws there, it could not comment on the case any further.

Henry's next court appearance will be on March 24. 


Copyright 2020 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


Recommended for you