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Grandmother pleads guilty in death of 8-year-old twins

TUCSON – A Tucson woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday in the killings of her two twin grandsons.

Dorothy Flood was indicted for two counts of first-degree murder earlier this year.

On April 4, deputies responded to a residence in the 2400 block of W. Kessler Place near La Cholla Boulevard and Ruthrauff Road. Officials said two elementary-aged twins, who were later identified as Jaden and Jorden Webb, were found dead in the home with obvious signs of trauma. The grandmother of the children, later identified as Dorothy Flood, was later arrested for first-degree murder.

According to the interim complaint, the 55-year-old allegedly shot the twins multiple times in the head and torso. PCSD initially reported that Flood was treated after she was found unresponsive in the home April 4 with symptoms of an apparent overdose.

The grandmother took guardianship of the 8-year-old children after their mother, Kristen Webb died Feb. 18, 2017, police documents say.

A search warrant obtained April 9 revealed Flood’s mother believed the 55-year-old had a good relationship with her grandsons. She also said she did not believe Flood would ever hurt the twins.

However, she did confide that her daughter was overwhelmed caring for the two, “especially in the last six weeks.”

Flood is expected to be sentenced on Jan. 27.

Julia Leon

Julia is a Digital Content Specialist for KVOA News 4 Tucson. In 2018, she earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.

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