Miramar police found the young kids side-by-side on a bed, dead.
On Thursday, their 40-year-old mother, Sophia Hines,was charged with two counts of premeditated murder. Police say she confessed to suffocating her children with a bed sheet.
Police said there were no other signs of injury on the 7-month-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, who were found dead inside a Miramar home Wednesday evening.
Hines, visiting South Florida from Philadelphia for the past week, was staying with a relative in a two-family pink home, divided into units A and B, in the 6100 block of Southwest 38th Street.
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Police said Hines called her relative and told her to “come home now” around 4 p.m. She got home and found Hines sobbing and her children, St. Leo and April, unresponsive.
Officials said Hines confessed to suffocating her infant son first, followed by her toddler daughter.
“The defendant gave no explanation for her actions,” the report read.
Miramar police suspected foul play. Late into Wednesday night, the street was blocked off with crime scene tape and an entourage of police cars with flashing red lights. Neighbors stood outside trying to make sense of the scene.
Ruth Stcyr rushed home from work after hearing something had happened on her block. “I had to check on my peeps,” she said. “It was shocking.”
About 5:20 p.m., officers arrived at the home after receiving a 911 call reporting a “medical emergency” involving two children, Miramar Police spokeswoman Tania Rues said. When the police arrived, a parent and a relative led them to the back of the house, where they found the two unresponsive children.
Police started CPR to no avail. Miramar Fire Rescue arrived soon afterward and pronounced the children dead. Rues said the children were a 7-month-old boy and a 3-year-old girl. She did not say whether the children were siblings.
Marcus, who lives in the front of the home with his mother and siblings, said he was getting ready to go out when he heard a knock at the door. He said his neighbor asked him to use his phone. He said he gave his phone to her and finished getting ready.
The neighbor knocked again and Marcus’ younger brother told him she needed help. He found her down the street. She gave him his phone back and told him to, “Call 911,” he said.
“She froze up. She didn’t say anything else.”
Janae Greenway said she had just seen the children yesterday.
“They seemed happy, like there was nothing wrong with them. They seemed like they were taken care of.”