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Parents of Tucson twins accused of child abuse

TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

The parents of 18-month-old twins in Tucson are in custody on suspicion of child abuse.

Tucson police said Thursday that 25-year-old Kristepher Benavidez and 30-year-old Monique Gaxiola have been booked into Pima County jail.

Bond for Benavidez is set at $20,000 and $5,000 for Gaxiola.

Tucson Fire Department personnel went to a home in response to a child not breathing call about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

They took the toddler to a hospital and police found the toddler's twin and a 7-year-old sister at a neighbor's home.

Officers say the older child appeared uninjured, but the twins had injuries that appeared non-accidental.

Detectives say it appears Benavidez had been physically abusing the twins for an unknown period.

They say Gaxiola allegedly was aware of the abuse, but didn't report it.

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