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Woman accused of killing twin grandsons felt overwhelmed with their care, court docs say

Posted at 11:21 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 22:09:46-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Their own grandmother is charged with killed the eight year old twins. The boys great-grandmother is the person who found them.

In court documents Pima Sheriff's Detective Jesus Rodriguez said Dorothy Flood's mother Virginia Webb lived next door and usually came over in the morning to help get the children ready for school.

She told the detective she did not see the children the morning of April 4th but Dorothy Flood was asleep and only woke when she shook her.

She came back at 11am and found Dorothy Flood still sleeping. At two pm she wondered about the boys, checked the bedrooms and found them cold to the touch and stiff but without any obvious wounds. She called 9-11. Paramedics arrived and they called the Sheriff's department.

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Detective Rodriguez told the judge approving a search warrant in the case, both twins are diagnosed as severely autistic and non-verbal. The detective says that Virginia Webb reported her daughter had a good relationship with the boys but had been feeling overwhelmed by their care. He said, "Dorothy has confided with Miss Webb about the boys becoming too much for her, especially in the last six weeks." But she went on to say she did not believe her daughter would hurt the boys.

Dorothy Flood has cared for the children since their mother died about two years ago.

Deputies say Interviewed while in Northwest Hospital, Dorothy Flood admitted she shot both boys, and used prescription drugs to try to kill herself.

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The list of evidence found in the house includes a small, .22 caliber pistol like the one in this YouTube video, three boxes of ammunition, and an empty pill bottle.