Arizona mother accused of drowning twin sons in bathtub

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mireya Alejandra Lopez charged with the drowning murder of her two-year-old twin sons.

Mireya Alejandra Lopez allegedly tried to drown a third child but was stopped by family members inside the home in Avondale, a city adjacent to Phoenix, the capital and largest city of Arizona. Avondale Police Department spokesman Sergeant Brandon Busse told ABC15 that officers were called to the home shortly before noon on Sunday over reports of an ill person. Brittany Pilkington, 23, confessed to killing her three young sons over the last year to make her husband pay more attention to their daughter, authorities said Tuesday. The truth behind the serial killings unraveled after Pilkington calmly called 911 to report 3-month-old Noah had stopped breathing about 3 a.m., police said.

Pilkington had made a similarly stoic call in April for 4-year-old Gavin and again in July 2014 for 3-month-old Niall from her home in Bellefontaine, about 60 miles northwest of Columbus. “In her mind, she was protecting her daughter from being not as loved as the boys were by their father,” Logan County prosecutor William Goslee told the Columbus Dispatch. Their 43-year-old father, Joseph Pilkington, experienced a dad’s worst nightmare twice before — he had arrived home from work on the night shift to find Niall and Gavin unresponsive, police said. He frantically tried to revive Gavin to no avail as his wife meekly told 911, “Our son’s not breathing … he’s turning white.” Noah and Hailey were returned to their parents just this past week after the deaths of Gavin and Niall were not deemed suspicious by a medical examiner.

Brittany Pilkington had initially told police she believed her children died from a genetic problem, but authorities began to doubt her story with the circumstances of Noah’s death, 10TV reported. “Why would you give them back after a little boy just died and when you’re in the middle of an investigation?” Brittany Pilkington’s uncle, Joe Skaggs, told the Dispatch outside his niece’s apartment.

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