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2 children found dead at Phoenix apartment, mother critically hurt

Aerial video shows crime tape around one of the two-story apartment buildings in the complex.
Aerial video shows crime tape around one of the two-story apartment buildings in the complex.(AZ Family)
Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 8:14 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - First responders made a disturbing discovery when they found the bodies of two children on Wednesday at a Phoenix apartment. Fire crews were called out around 6 p.m. to the complex near 13th Street and Mountain View Road, which is north of Dunlap Avenue. That’s where they discovered the two kids’ bodies.

Investigators say the mother was also injured and had to be taken to the hospital. She had injuries on her upper body, police said. She’s in critical condition, according to investigators. Officers also detained the father of the children, who is cooperating with detectives, police said. Detectives didn’t say what led up to the deaths or who was responsible.

The story shocked the neighborhood. For Maria Contreras, she got a call from her nephews saying police and firefighters were at the complex. “They heard noises but couldn’t describe what kind of noises,” Contreras said.

She was surprised something like this could happen in that area. “It’s actually pretty quiet here,” Contreras said. “It’s a really nice neighborhood. I don’t know why this is happening right now.”

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