An Avondale mom accused of drowning her twin sons made her initial appearance in Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday.
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A judge has found a woman guilty except insane on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the 2015 drownings of her twin toddlers, Maricopa County Superior Court officials said Friday.
Mireya Alejandra Lopez was given two consecutive life sentences for the murders plus 20 years for the attempted murder of her then-3-year-old half-brother, Superior Court officials said.
The Aug. 30, 2015, drownings happened at Lopez’s home near 115th Avenue and Yuma Street in Avondale.
Responding officers arrived at Lopez’s home at the time to find the 2-year-old boys naked and still wet.
Lopez admitted to police that she held the twins down in the bathtub, with officials also alleging she told police she stabbed one of the toddlers in the neck to make sure he was dead, according to court records.
Records said Lopez swaddled the dead twins in blankets in an upstairs bedroom and began to cry, prompting her mother to run upstairs. She initially thought they were sleeping.
Lopez’s mother realized the twins were not breathing and called police along with another woman in the home, with both women then attempting to perform CPR.
Records said Lopez attempted to drown her 3-year-old stepbrother, claiming he was antisocial and mistreated.
Lopez had been holding the third child under water for a short time before being stopped by her mother, records said.
The stepbrother did not suffer major injuries, but the twin boys were pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Lopez told police that she did not want her sons to grow up with a difficult life and that she wanted her sons to be at peace, court records said.
Lopez has a history of mental illness and was reportedly under the influence of drugs at the time of the murders, according to court records.
Police allege that in an interview with detectives, Lopez reported suffering from manic-depression, psychosis and schizophrenia and took medication for her illnesses as directed, court records show.
Lopez pleaded not guilty to the charges in September 2015.
Judge Brad Astrowsky, who found Lopez guilty on the charges, directed that she be transported to Arizona State Hospital under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board.
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