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Arizona Mom Arrested for Allegedly Drowning Twin Sons in Bathtub

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An Avondale, Arizona, mother was arrested Sunday for allegedly drowning her twin sons in a bathtub.

Police said that Mireya Alejandra Lopez, 22, also tried to kill a third child, but was stopped by family members, 12 News reports.

“During the course of the police investigation, suspect Mireya Alejandra Lopez … stated to police that she intentionally drowned both of her twin boys in the bathtub,” officials said in a statement, according to NBC News.

“Mireya also stated to investigators that she also attempted to drown another child in the home but she was stopped by family and this child did not suffer any injuries.”

She faces two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide in the boys’ deaths.

Investigators remained at the home late Sunday evening. “Anytime you lose two small children, it’s tough. This situation is not going to be easy … but we’ll work through the case and find out what happened,” Avondale police Sgt. Brandon Busse said. “We’re still pretty early in the investigation. We don’t have any conclusions at this point.”

Neighbors said they were shocked. “It’s terrible,” Shauna Siniscaochi told The Arizona Republic. “I’d never expect something like this to happen.”

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