An Arizona woman accused of fatally shooting her twin 8-year-old autistic grandsons has been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Dorothy Lee Flood, 55, will be arraigned April 23 for the deaths of Jaden and Jorden Webb, who were found shot multiple times inside a northwest Tucson home on April 4. Both boys reportedly had autism and were non-verbal, KGUN 9 in Tucson reports.
Search warrants show investigators found a gun and ammunition in the house.
Tucson police said Flood admitted shooting the boys before attempting suicide, according to Monday's indictment. When first responders arrived at her home, she was exhibiting symptoms of an “apparent overdose,” the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said. While providing medical care to her, first responders discovered the two children “with obvious signs of trauma and determined they were dead,” according to the deputies. They were found in separate bedrooms and had both suffered gunshot wounds. Flood tried to overdose on prescription medication, according to the indictment.
Flood was transported to a local hospital and survived. She was arrested on April 5 and remains jailed on a $250,000 bond.
Authorities said Flood was the boys' sole caregiver after their mother died in 2017. Flood’s ex-coworker Chandra McCord told KOLD-TV in Tucson that she committed suicide, which resulted in Flood becoming the boys’ caretaker.
“You could see the fear that she had of the future.” McCord said. “She was afraid she wasn’t going to be able to handle it.”
It was unclear Wednesday if Flood had a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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