Authorities charged an Arizona woman named Brittany Velasquez on two counts of murder after they found the dead bodies of her two young children still strapped to car seats at her home. The police are still investigating the case, and a motive is not yet known, but they suspect foul play. Find out more about the arrested mother.
Brittany Velasquez is facing murder charges after authorities found her two children, a 10-month-old daughter and a two-year-old son, dead inside a car in Superior, Arizona. The historic mining town is located about 60 miles east of Phoenix, and has a population of around 2,900.
Pinal County Sheriff’s Office detectives were called to Velasquez’s home near Richard Avenue and Palo Verde Drive at around 11:15 p.m. on Monday (March 26) night. There, they found the children’s bodies still strapped to their car seats.
Evidence of Foul Play
Navideh Forghani, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff, said that investigators found evidence that suggested foul play in the deaths. However, she did not give any further details. Velasquez is being charged with two counts of murder, and the autopsies to determine their cause of death is still pending.
Velasquez Has a Minor Criminal Record
According to Arizona court records, Brittany Velasquez had a minor criminal record before she was arrested this week. In September 2017, she was arrested and cited for allowing an unauthorized minor to drive. She pleaded guilty and received a fine.
Velasquez got into trouble with the law again in January 2018, when she was cited for speeding by the Apache Junction Justice court. This case is still pending at this time.
Even though authorities have not revealed the children’s names, family members identified them as Christopher and Brooklyn.
Relatives Question Parenting Skills
Velasquez’s Facebook page is full of pictures of her two children, who are smiling and look happy. On the social media site, Velasquez comes across as a caring mother, but relatives claim that she was far from responsible.
Her relatives say that she was mentally unstable, and they called the Department of Child Services several times out of fear for the children’s safety. However, in a post dated October 27, 2017, Velasquez wrote: “I may not be perfect, but when I look at my children, I know that I got something in my life perfectly right!”
Former Rehab Inmate Shares Opinion
Emily Stanford, a woman who attended rehab with Velasquez, said “We were in rehab together for about a year, from 2013 to 2014. I’m devastated for those poor children, but I’m not surprised. She was always a nutcase in my opinion.” She believed that Velasquez was in rehab for heroin abuse.
According to records, Velasquez’s husband, Christopher Miranda passed away on June 16, 2017, when his daughter was two weeks old. Though there is no information on how Miranda died, public records show that he and Velasquez got married in 2015.
Money Needed for Children’s Funerals
Velasquez’s sister set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the two children’s funerals. The Pinal County Jail said that no bond has been placed for Velasquez at this moment. Authorities have not said anything about a possible motive, and police are still investigating the case.