FLORENCE – A Superior woman who pled guilty to second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of her two children has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Brittany Velasquez, 23, was arrested in March 2018 after her 2-year-old son and 9-month-old daughter died after being left in a vehicle for hours. Velasquez’s family has said in the past that Velasquez had mental health problems. She will be on probation for the rest of her life after she is released from prison. She received credit in November for 783 days served in the county jail.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Velasquez allegedly told her grandmother that she was taking her children to the park. She allegedly told officers that she dropped the kids off with their babysitter before going to work and returned home to find them unresponsive in her grandmother’s car. She accused someone else of bringing the kids back to the home and planting them in the car.

According to court records, the babysitter said Velasquez never dropped the kids off and did not make arrangements to drop the children off.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.