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Police accuse Tucson couple of child abuse

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Kristepher Benavidez and Monique Gaxiola (Source: Tucson Police Department) Kristepher Benavidez and Monique Gaxiola (Source: Tucson Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson police have arrested a Tucson couple suspected of abusing their twin 18-month-old girls.

The girls' mother, 30-year-old Monique Gaxiola and her friend, 25-year-old Kristepher Benavidez, were booked into the Pima County Jail for two counts each of child abuse.

Police allege Benavidez had been physically abusing the twins, and Gaxiola knew about the abuse, but did not report it.

Both children suffered severe trauma, police say.

According to a news release from the Tucson Police Department, emergency personnel responded to a home on Tucson's southwest side yesterday afternoon because of a report that one of the girls was not breathing. The Tucson Fire Department transported her to a local hospital.

Medical personnel notified police that the child had non-accidental injuries and her condition was life-threatening, the release said.

Officers at the home in the 5200 block of South Newcastle Court, near West Irvington and South Midvale Park roads, found the girl's twin sister and a 7-year-old sister at a neighbor's house. According to the release, the second twin had serious injuries that also appeared to be non-accidental and was taken to a local hospital.

The 7-year-old did not have any injuries.

Detectives from the Dependent Child Unit are continuing the investigation to determine how the twins were injured and how long the alleged abuse has been happening.

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