Two Arizona boys allegedly killed by their grandmother on Thursday, apparently lost their mother to suicide years prior, leaving the suspect as their sole provider.
KOLD-TV reports that police arrested 55-year-old Dorothy Flood on Friday, one day after authorities found two 8-year-old boys with fatal gunshot wounds in a home off of 2400 block of West Kessler Place in Tucson, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Office. The victims were Flood’s twin grandsons, Jorden and Jaden Webb, both 8.
Emergency responders rushed to Flood’s home one day earlier after a call for medical assistance. While paramedics were working to resuscitate Flood, crews discovered the bodies of the boys in separate bedrooms.
Flood appeared to have symptoms of an overdose and was brought to an area hospital. She was subsequently jailed without bail.
Flood’s husband reportedly died in 2014. A year later, Jordan and Jaden’s mother committed suicide, according to the outlet, leaving Flood as their primary caregiver.
“You could see the fear that she had of the future,” Chandra McCord, a friend of the suspect, told KOLD-TV. “She was afraid she wasn’t going to be able to handle it.”
A male neighbor who wanted remain unnamed said the children had special needs. They would often wave to others in the neighborhood, but mostly kept to themselves, according to the man.
“They kept more to themselves. They would wave ‘hi’ or ‘bye,’ but they kept to themselves. See them every day, they were good kids. They didn’t talk, but they were good kids. She took care of them real good.”
Flood has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Jorden and Jaden Webb/Handout]
*Additional reporting by Leigh Egan*