Mum admits murdering son, 2, and baby daughter found dead in their car seats
A mother has dramatically admitted murdering her two children after they were found dead in their car seats.
Brittany Velasquez was due to stand trial next month but accepted a plea deal with prosecutors over the deaths of Christopher and Brooklyn.
The 22-year-old mum is said to have left two-year-old son Christopher and 10-month-old daughter Brooklyn in a car outside her home in Arizona, USA on March 26, last year.
A coroner ruled both died of exposure.
Their mother admitted second-degree murder and is due to be sentenced in February next year.
She had been widowed just nine months before her children's deaths.
Pinal Deputy County Attorney Shawn Jensvold tells People, in the US: "She agreed to a stipulated term of 20 years flat followed by lifetime probation.
"She won’t be eligible for early release."
Velasquez had been investigated by the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) twice for alleged neglect, and local police visited the house multiple times over the years, local media reported.
The DCS confirmed they received two reports of alleged neglect but found no evidence of abuse.
The first call came in October 2016, when the department received a report alleging that Velasquez would leave her son home with her mother for long periods of time.
A spokesman said: “The child was seen on multiple occasions during the investigation.
"The DCS investigator concluded there were no indications the child was being abused or neglected and there were no legal grounds to remove the child."
The case was eventually closed after local authorities visited the children’s grandmother’s home and found no evidence a child had been harmed.
In January she was reported again for leaving the children with her mother, while she worked.
The DCS spokesman added: "We searched Velasquez’s apartment, enrolled her in a home visitation program, signed the children up for daycare at no extra cost and determined that there were no signs of abuse or neglect."
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