The mother of a baby and a toddler found dead inside a Miramar home has been arrested, according to police.
Sophia Hines, 40, visiting South Florida from Philadelphia, was charged with two counts of premeditated murder.
Her children were found dead Wednesday in a two-family pink home, divided into units A and B, in the 6100 block of Southwest 38th Street.
Miramar police suspected foul play. Late into the 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.
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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, 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.”