Mother suffocated 2 children found dead in Miramar with bed sheet, police say

Sophia Hines, children visiting from Philadelphia

MIRAMAR, Fla. – The mother of two children who were found dead in a Miramar home admitted to suffocating her 7-month-old boy and 3-year-old girl with a bed sheet, Miramar police said.

Sophia Hines, 40, of Philadelphia, was arrested Wednesday night by Miramar police and is facing two counts of murder.

The bodies of St. Leo Hines and Ariel Hines were found Wednesday inside a home in the 6100 block of Southwest 38th Street.

Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said Hines and her children were visiting from Philadelphia.

According to an arrest affidavit, Hines told police that she used a bed sheet to suffocate her son and daughter.

Police said Hines first suffocated St. Leo before doing the same to Ariel.

"The defendant gave no explanation for her actions," the report said.

According to the report, Hines called a woman who lives at the home shortly before 4:30 p.m. and told her to "come home now." When the woman arrived, she saw Hines crying and found the two children lying side by side in a supine position on a bed in the master bedroom.

Paramedics were called and pronounced the children dead at the scene.

Hines was being held without bond at a Broward County jail.

A Florida Department of Children and Families spokeswoman said the agency has no prior child welfare history involving Hines and the children in the state.

"She was really good with the kids," St. Leo's father and Hines' husband, Anthony Singleton, told the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia. "This was the last person I (would) think would do something like this to my son, to her daughter."

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