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Man jumps from building after wife found dead in Miami Beach apartment

Children, 4 and 6, tell security guards mother was assaulted

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A man believed to have killed his wife Monday jumped to his death from the Grand building near downtown Miami on Tuesday.

Samir Jemaaoui, 36, a French national, was wanted on a second-degree murder charge after his wife's body was found inside her Miami Beach apartment.

According to Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez, security guards at the Flamingo condominium in the 1500 block of Bay Road called 911 about 7 p.m. after two young children said their mother had been assaulted in their apartment.

Police arrived and found the woman's body. Police didn't say how the woman died, but the death is being investigated as a homicide.

The children, ages 4 and 6, are in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. Rodriguez said Department of Children and Families officials are in contact with other family members of the children.

A shelter hearing was held Tuesday afternoon, and a judge ordered that the children remain in foster care for the time being. The children's maternal aunt from Orlando told Local 10 News that she hopes to gain custody of them.

The children, who were not present in the hearing, are German citizens.

Jemaaoui was arrested twice last year on domestic battery charges.

According to an arrest report, Jemaaoui became angry after his car was broken into and choked a woman three times.

"You need to stay away from her. Otherwise, that's going to be your new home -- the jail," Judge Mindy Glazer told Jemaaoui at the time.

The report did not list the identity of the victim or disclose her relationship to Jemaaouoi. The identity of Jemaaoui's wife has not been released.

About the Authors:

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba.