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The Latest: Mother arrested in deaths of baby, toddler

SUPERIOR, Ariz. – The Latest news about the death of two young children (all times are local):

10:20 pm

Arizona authorities say the mother of a baby and a toddler has been found dead in a car seat was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in a statement identified the mother of Brittany Velasquez.

Authorities did not immediately have information about the way in which the 2-year-old boy and 10-month-old girl died and said that autopsies carried out.

The sheriff’s office said Tuesday that the bodies of the children were found late Monday night inside a vehicle at a home in Superior, a small town east of Phoenix.

The statement gives Velasquez’ age 20, but jail records list her age of 21.

It is not immediately known whether Velasquez has an attorney who can respond to the allegations.

The names of the children were not made public.

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9 hours

Authorities say a baby and a toddler are found dead in a car seat in a vehicle in a rural Arizona community.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Navideh Forghani, says the children were in the car at a house in the city of Superior was 2 years and 10 months old.

She said Tuesday there was no immediate information available about the circumstances of their death or if there was someone arrested or detained.

Forghani says autopsies will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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

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