Arizona

Phoenix police: mother stabs, partially dismembers 3 sons

  • Law enforcement officials stand outside a home, Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Phoenix where three boys were killed during a several hour period Wednesday night.  The boy's mother was hospitalized in critical condition with self-inflicted stab wounds according to Phoenix police. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Law enforcement officials stand outside a home, Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Phoenix where three boys were killed during a several hour period Wednesday night. The boy's mother was hospitalized in critical condition with self-inflicted stab wounds according to Phoenix police. (AP Photo/Matt York)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Phoenix police detective stands outside a home, Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Phoenix where three boys were killed during a several hour period Wednesday night.  The boy's mother was hospitalized in critical condition with self-inflicted stab wounds according to Phoenix police. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    A Phoenix police detective stands outside a home, Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Phoenix where three boys were killed during a several hour period Wednesday night. The boy's mother was hospitalized in critical condition with self-inflicted stab wounds according to Phoenix police. (AP Photo/Matt York)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Phoenix police detective exits a home, Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Phoenix where three boys were killed during a several hour period Wednesday night.  The boy's mother was hospitalized in critical condition with self-inflicted stab wounds according to Phoenix police. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    A Phoenix police detective exits a home, Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Phoenix where three boys were killed during a several hour period Wednesday night. The boy's mother was hospitalized in critical condition with self-inflicted stab wounds according to Phoenix police. (AP Photo/Matt York)  (The Associated Press)

The Phoenix mother had been transported to the hospital covered in blood with stab wounds to her neck and abdomen when police officers searching her house opened a closet to a grim discovery.

Inside, officers found the bodies of her three young sons.

Police discovered the dead boys — ages 2 months old and 5 and 8 years old — in a closet full of miscellaneous items. Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the youngest boy's body was in a suitcase.

Crump said the children appeared to have been stabbed to death and "parts of their bodies were dismembered."

The 29-year-old mother is in the hospital in critical condition with self-inflicted stab wounds. Police say she is the primary suspect and will face charges.