Crime

Arizona Mom Charged With Murder After Drowning Twins In Bathtub, Police Say

| by Jared Keever

An Arizona woman has been charged with murder after drowning her twin 2-year-old sons in a bathtub, police in the Phoenix suburb of Avondale said in a recent statement. 

Police arrested 22-year-old Mireya Alejandra Lopez on Sunday, shortly after the two boys were rushed to a nearby hospital where they were pronounced dead, NBC News reported. 

Police and emergency personnel had been called to Lopez's Avondale home after the boys’ grandmother dialed 911 around noon, according to KPHO News. 

It is unclear exactly what happened in the home prior to the emergency call, but, in an emailed statement, Avondale Police Sgt. Brandon Busse said Lopez told investigators “that she intentionally drowned both of her twin boys in the bathtub.”

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According to Busse’s statement, Lopez also said she had attempted to drown a third child but was stopped by family. 

The third child did not suffer any injuries, according to The Arizona Republic.

Busse told The Republic that the two boys were found unresponsive on a bed when police and emergency personnel arrived at the home.

It was not immediately clear how many other people were in the home at the time of the incident, but Busse told the paper other adults and at least two young children were home. 

The twins’ father, Sam Avita, spoke with KPHO and said he had joint custody of the boys and was scheduled to pick them up Friday. 

He said Lopez suffered from depression and anxiety but had never shown any violent tendencies or ever threatened anyone. 

Lopez has since been charged with two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide. 

Sources: NBC News, KPHO News, The Arizona Republic 

Photo credit: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via KPHO News