State investigators claim they’ve had previous contact with Octavia Renee Rogers, the 29-year-old mother whose three young children were found dead inside a closet, authorities in Arizona tell PEOPLE.
A statement issued on Friday by the Arizona Department of Child Safety in conjunction with the Phoenix Police Department claims investigators couldn’t track down Rogers in 2010 after receiving allegations concerning an abrasion someone noticed on her son’s forehead.
A year later, the Department of Child Safety investigated an allegation of child neglect stemming from the smell of marijuana that was allegedly emanating from the family’s home, DCS Director Gregory McKay explains in the statement.
At that time, Rogers mother was referred to family preservation services, but refused the services. However, the statement notes “there was no reason or legal grounds to take the children into emergency state care and the case was closed as unsubstantiated.”
Earlier this year, DCS investigated Rogers over an allegation she delivered a baby that had been “exposed to marijuana,” reads the statement.
“The investigator found the children to be safe and referred the mother for services,” but she “did not participate.” The statement claims “there was no reason or legal grounds to take the children into emergency state care” and “the case was substantiated and closed.”
Police have identified the three deceased boys, who were found in a closet in their home, as Jaikare Rahaman, 8, Jeremiah Adams, 5, and Avery Robinson, who was 2 months.
Investigators found Avery’s remains stuffed into a suitcase, according to court records.
“DCS will do all it can to assist the Phoenix Police Department in bringing [the case to the] appropriate resolution,”McKay said in the statement. “DCS will be conducting an internal review to ensure processes are employed to best protect children. We offer our deepest sympathies to the family and pray for the peace of the departed.
I ask all Arizonans to respect, support, and commend the dedicated men and women of DCS and Law Enforcement who do the unimaginable,” McKay continued. “Who do, when no one else can or will. Who comfort the afflicted, protect the weak, and wipe the tears; who then go find a private place to shed their own.”
Rogers remains hospitalized with self-inflicted stab wounds. Detectives haven’t had a change to interview her because of her medical condition. She has not yet been charged with a crime.
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At around 2 a.m., police responded to a 911 call made by Rogers’ brother, who claimed Rogers tried to lock him out of his own house before locking herself in a bathroom.
According to authorities, the brother arrived home from work and found Rogers in the garage talking about religion and how she “found the answer.”
Rogers allegedly locked her brother out of the home. When he finally managed to get into home, he allegedly saw Rogers bleeding from several serious stab wounds to her neck and abdomen.
He told police while he was calling 911 that Rogers, who is believed to be pregnant, allegedly tried to drown herself in the bathroom.
Police arrived on the scene and treated Rogers for her wounds. She was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
While treating Rogers, police learned she had three sons. Officers entered the home and found the bodies of the 5-year-old and 8-year-old hidden in a bedroom closet, Crump said.
Upon further inspection, officers uncovered the body of the 2-month-old in a suitcase in the same bedroom closet. All three children had been stabbed multiple times, police report.