Mother arrested in deaths of baby, toddler found in car seats

SUPERIOR, Ariz. – The mother of a baby and a toddler was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after children were found dead in car seats in a car, and authorities discovered evidence of a crime, officials said Tuesday.

Necropsies were conducted to determine the causes of the death of the 2-year-old boy and a 10-month-old girl and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately disclose what the evidence was found.

The mother was identified as Brittany Velasquez, 20. She was imprisoned and the authorities did not know whether she had a lawyer who can respond to the allegations, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Navideh Forghani. The names of the children were not immediately made public.

The bodies were found Monday night outside the family’s home in the historic mining town of Superior, a community of approximately 2,900 people, approximately 60 miles (97 km) east of Phoenix.

Some family members of the children were in the home when authorities went to the scene of the crime late Monday night, but Forghani said she could not provide information about the circumstances of how the children were placed or left in the car or a motive in their killings.

She refused to discuss the evidence that was discovered, but the sheriff’s office said in a statement that “foul play.”


Paul Davenport reported from Phoenix.

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