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Update: Mom, man accused of murder booked into jail

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New details emerged Monday in the case of a Tucson couple charged with child abuse and murder for the death of an 18 month old girl.

The girl's mother, 30 year old Monique Gaxiola and her friend, 25 year old Kristepher Benavidez, were booked into the Pima County Jail.

Police alleged 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 Wednesday 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.

Tuesday, the Department of Economic Security released a report that details the death was the result of abuse or neglect.

According to the report, 18 month old Adyson Gallegos arrived at UAMC after she stopped breathing at home.  She was found with blood coming from her ears, and bite marks and bruises on her body.  It says she died as a result of her injuries.

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.

According to the CPS document it didn't start there.  In fact, it shows that CPS had received one prior report alleging abuse or neglect of Adyson by her mother, Monique.

Neighbors in the area say the family had only lived there for a few months  and kept to themselves.

They tell me they are sadden by what happened, but they hope they can turn this situation into a positive one and help other victims.

"We would like to help as neighbors not let this little girl's life to be in vain and maybe we can be advocates somehow of CPS.  I know everybody's underfunded and understaffed but sometimes your heart is in the right place, but you don't know what to do with your hands," said neighbor Kathy warters.

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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