Sheriff: Mother arrested in deaths of 2 children

The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of two children at a residence near Baileyton.

Sara Franco Tapia remains in the hospital according to a statement from Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry. Due to her injuries, it could be another two weeks before she is release and transported to the Cullman County Detention Center.

Tapia is facing murder charges in the Oct. 12 deaths of her sons Alvaro Garcia, 3, and Taylor Garcia, 9. The boys funeral was Friday in Albertville.

Sara Franco Tapia

Sara Franco Tapia

Parkside School, where Taylor attended, is facilitating donations to help with funeral expenses. Anyone wishing to help with expenses can drop off a check at the school, but should make checks payable Albertville Funeral Home.

At a press conference Tuesday, Gentry said the brothers died following injuries they sustained in an attack at their home in the Baileyton area. A knife was recovered at the scene.

Tapia, 32, was found in a grassy field near the residence where the incident occurred shortly after it was first reported.

Gentry said there are other surviving siblings in the family, and that law enforcement quickly ruled out the father, who lives with the family at the residence, as a suspect. The initial emergency call on Saturday originated with the father, Gentry confirmed.

Law enforcement have declined to provide details regarding the nature of the victims’ fatal injuries, and would not speculate on a motive, out of respect for the victims and their survivors. Gentry did note that the early investigation does not appear to connect the suspect’s alleged actions to any sort of mental health issue.

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