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East Texas mom held in death of kids

Sheriff says suspect planned murders of 5- and 7-year-old for two weeks

KTAL Nancy Cook - ATHENS, Texas - (KETK) According to Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, a mother planned the murders of her two children.

Sarah Henderson, 29, of Mabank, was arraigned Friday morning, with bail set at $2 million dollars for one count of capital murder.

Officials say another capital murder charge is pending.

Henderson is on suicide watch in the Henderson County Jail.

“Over the last 24 hours, the investigation shows that she planned these murders for at least the last two weeks,” Hillhouse said. “It appears she also intended to kill her husband, but the entire crime did not go as planned.”

The Sheriff released three 911 calls regarding the case – one from Emergency Management Services (EMS) from the husband requesting assistance and a second call canceling that request. The third call is from the husband reporting the murders.

Community members say the children are 7-year-old KayLee Danielle and 5-year-old Kenlie. 

"I thought it was fake news. I thought it was one of those hoax things," said, Nathan King, the families hairdresser. 

King tells us that he has known Henderson since they were in grade school. "She was always popular. She was always normal. When she had her kids in here she acted happy." 

King was the person who did the girls hair before school started this year. "That was the last time I saw them," said King…By Christa Wood

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