• The woman was found with her arms around her four-week-old child 
  • Her two other kids were found naked and crying on the porch of the apartment
  • The deceased woman's sister said their phone calls went unanswered for days

A homicide investigation is on after a 30-year-old woman’s body was discovered inside an apartment in Phoenix. Her three children were found alone inside the flat.

According to Phoenix Police, officers responded to a welfare check call just before 7:30 p.m. Monday to the apartment near 19th Avenue and Camelback Road regarding "two young children crying on an apartment porch."

The woman, Shavone Robinson, was found dead in the apartment. She had her arms around her four-week-old baby, while her two other children, aged 2 and 3, were found naked and crying on the porch, reports 12 News. All three kids were unharmed.

Police said Robinson's body bore "obvious signs of trauma." She is the mother of the children found at the scene. The kids were taken to a hospital for evaluation and were reportedly in good condition. The woman has another child who was at his godparent’s house at the time of the incident.

While the officers are yet to divulge when or how Robinson died, her family said that the investigators told them they "believe she was in there for a couple of days" before her body was discovered.

"We don’t have any answers. We don’t understand why or how this happened," Robinson's older sister Kika told ABC15. She hopes the autopsy can give them some answers.

According to Kika, her sister had just moved into the Tides on the 19th. "She moved over there right before she had her daughter. Her four-week-old baby. She’s trying to take care of her kids herself. She works full-time," said Kika.

She said it was normal for Robinson to go on for days without talking to her family. "It may have been a couple of days before the welfare check," she said, adding: "We’ve been calling and texting her [but] haven’t been able to get through. Her iPhone is not there. We don’t know where her phone is."

Kika said the good thing is that the kids are safe. "But we are now focused on getting her justice and getting all of our questions answered,” she said. The family is setting up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses.

Sergeant Ann Justus with the Phoenix Police Department said officers were affected on the scene by the "horrific crime and emotional children."

"...But even if they don’t remember the incident, their childhood is going to be surrounded by this incident," said Sgt. Ann Justus told ABC 15.

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