Mother held after drowning twins

A 22-year-mother in Arizona has been arrested on charges that she drowned her two-year-old twin sons in a bathtub on Sunday, police said.

Mireya Alejandra Lopez was arrested on two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide after her sons were found unresponsive in the family’s home.

Lopez told officers that she intentionally drowned both of her twin boys in the bathtub, said Sgt Brandon Busse of the Avondale Police Department.

The TV station also reported Busse said in an email to media outlets that Lopez tried to kill another child.

“Mireya also stated to investigators that she also attempted to drown another child in the home but she was stopped by family ...,” Busse said in the email.

The child was not injured.

Officers were called to a home near 115th Avenue and Yuma Street shortly before noon about reports of an ill person, Busse said.

The boys’ grandmother called emergency services.

When first-responders arrived at the home, they found the two boys lying unconscious on a bed, Busse said.

Police and firefighters administered CPR and both children were taken to hospital, where they died.

Autopsies will be conducted to determine the cause of death.


Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra played a storming gig at Cork Opera House, writes Des O'Driscoll Live Music Review: Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Concerns about people’s ability to access their own money have been growing – here’s what the debate is all about.Are we actually going to end up as a cashless society?

Esther N McCarthy mixes it up with spins on kitchen classics, Munster-based design news plus an absolute diamond of a poufMade in Munster: Wish list of the best products in the province

Clodagh Finn visits UCC’s world-leading microbiome centre, where researchers are exploring new ways to use intestinal bacteria to improve our mental and physical health, including the possibility of developing a probiotic capsule to help control weightMade in Munster: Harvesting power of gut bacteria

More From The Irish Examiner