Police: Father Used Hatchet to Kill Son

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Phillip Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning in the death of his son.


A father accused of killing his son in their Natomas home allegedly murdered the nine-year-old boy with a hatchet.

Investigators were called to the home early Wednesday morning and found the child dead inside. His father, Phillip Hernandez was found walking in the neighborhood.

Detectives are now saying it appears Hernandez went outside, grabbed a hatchet late Tuesday night, and broke through a sliding glass door.

He found his nine-year-old son asleep on the couch. A family member found Hernandez standing over the boy with the weapon, and tried to stop him. Hernandez pushed the person aside and attacked the boy.

Officers say there was a second son, who is 12 years old, living at the home. He is now with family.

The hatchet was recovered at the home. The boys’ mother was out of state and is currently on her way back to Sacramento.

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