Mabank, TX – A Henderson County mother has been charged with capital murder after she shot and killed her young daughters while they slept, police said.
The victims were five and seven years old.
Police responded to the home of 29-year-old Sarah Nicole Henderson after emergency medical services received a call of a suicidal woman on Wednesday night, Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse told WAGA.
Jake Henderson, Sarah's husband, had placed the call.
"My wife she’s like, I don’t know. Something’s going on with her. Like, she’s freaking out like somebody’s out get her,” Jake Henderson told 911, according to KTVT.
Jake called back a short while later and canceled his 911 request, but a deputy decided to respond to the Henderson home as a precaution.
They told the deputy everything was fine, and that they did not need help.
Three hours later, Jake made a second 911 call. This time, he was hysterical.
“My wife, my wife just shot her kids!” he said.
"The family was asleep – other than the mother – is what we're getting out of the investigation right now,” Sheriff Hillhouse told WAGA.
“He woke up and realized that she had shot the children," he said.
“She actually did try to shoot her husband also," Sheriff Hillhouse said. “[But] the pistol misfired or there was some kind of malfunction with the pistol. He took the pistol from her and then notified law enforcement.”
Investigators arrived at the residence and found seven-year-old Kaylee and five-year-old Kenlie dead.
Authorities said Sarah confessed to murdering her daughters, but that she "hasn't shown any remorse since her arrest."
“Over the last 24 hours, the investigation shows that she planned these murders for at least the last two weeks,” Sheriff Hillhouse said in a press release.
Sarah Henderson has been charged with capital murder, and is being held on a $2 million bond. A second capital murder charge is pending, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
Her motive was unknown.
The children’s bodies were transported to Dallas for forensic examination.
Texas Child Protective Services had contact with the family in 2011, but details of their involvement were confidential, KTVT said.
Many residents in this small community knew Kaylee and Kenlie, and were in shock at what took place in their tight-knit town.
“There’s no reason for this, none at all,” Mabank resident Bridget Golds told KTVT. “How could someone do this to them?”
Dr. Russell Marshall, superintendent of the school district where Kaylee and Kenlie attended classes, issued the following statement:
“Today our hearts are breaking as this morning we received news that two Southside students were killed in their home. Counselors are at Southside today to provide comfort for our students and employees. They will also be available to help in any way needed for parents. Please bathe the Southside campus with your thoughts and prayers at this trying time.”
Mabank is a rural community 50 miles southeast of Dallas, with a population just under 4,000.