Neighbors called 911 to report a domestic violence incident at the family's residence.
First responders tried to save the lives of the three children who were found inside the apartment before they were declared dead on the scene, the news station said.
Police and medical personnel rushed to the scene and attempted to save the children, aged 11, nine, and eight months, but to no avail - all three were declared dead at the scene of the crime.
The names and ages of the children were not immediately released, nor was their cause of death.
Hodges, who was married to the children's mother, was detained without incident.
Police activity will be ongoing in the area through the night and into the morning hours.
A California dad murdered his three young children inside their home during a "horrific" domestic violence incident with his wife, cops said.
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He continued: "It's horrific and it's very hard to deal with".
When police arrived, the suspect had already fled. "(Their apartment is) so quiet", neighbor Theresa Bustamante told KCRA.
Their father, Robert Hodges, was arrested on suspicion of homicide and domestic violence.
"A California Highway Patrol officer pulled him over near Interstate 80 and West El Camino Avenue", reported The Sacramento Bee. She is viewed as a casualty of aggressive behavior at home, police said. Counselors had been brought in to assist students and teachers and Thursday's regularly scheduled school board meeting was canceled because of what the district called the "senseless tragedy". "I was in my apartment all the time".
That said, it is understood two of the murdered children attended nearby Southport Elementary School.
"The kids seemed jolly most of the time, seemed happy".
Longtime friends of Robert Hodges are just as stunned and saddened by all that's happened.