Mother arrested after 2 children found dead strapped to auto seats

  • Mother arrested after 2 children found dead strapped to auto seats

Mother arrested after 2 children found dead strapped to auto seats

Officers from the Pinal County Sheriff's office around 11:15 p.m. on Monday responded to a Superior home, where they discovered the bodies of a 2-year-old boy and a 10-month-old girl strapped into vehicle seats, Pinal County Sheriff's spokeswoman Navideh Forghani said in a statement.

According to officials, the children, ages 2-years and 10-months, were found outside a home near the intersection of Richard Ave. and Palo Verde Drive in Superior around 11:15 p.m. Monday night.

Authorities said 20-year-old Brittany Velasquez, the children's mother, is facing two counts of murder.

At a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb said there were no signs of knife or gunshot wounds, and that a toxicology report is pending.

Evidence of foul play was found at the scene, said Forghani.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine how the children died.

Superior is town of about 2,900 people 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of Phoenix.

The family member said she was having difficulties taking care of the children in Velasquez's absence.

Velasquez was jailed and authorities did not know whether she had a lawyer who could comment on the allegations, sheriff's spokeswoman Navideh Forghani said.

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As an officer investigated the alleged theft, the woman also complained that Velasquez often left the house for days at a time without taking her children, the report said.

The agency said they never took custody of the children and never placed them in the custody of their grandparents.

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