Infant, toddler found dead in South Florida home

Henrietta Brewer
June 19, 2016

"She would be the last person that I would ever think that would do something like this to a kid", said Anthony Singleton, father to 7-month-old Saint Leo Hines Singleton.

The mother of two young children found dead inside a Miramar home was taken into custody and charged with two counts of premeditated murder.

Sophia Allison Hines                       Broward County Sheriff's Office
Sophia Allison Hines Broward County Sheriff's Office

A Philadelphia woman admitted suffocating her 7-month-old son and 3-year-old daughter with a bedsheet during a visit to Florida, authorities said Thursday.

40-year-old Sonia Hines, of Philadelphia, was arrested Wednesday night by Miramar police and is facing homicide charges. The report says she then used the same bed sheet to cover the mouth of her daughter, Ariel.

No further information about Hines or what led her to kill her children has been released.

She has been booked into Broward County Jail. No attorney was listed to represent her. Police told reporters that officers responding to the 6100 block of Southwest 38th Street near 62nd Avenue around 5:20 p.m. following a 911 call for a medical emergency involving two children.

The relative arrived to find Hines in the master bedroom of the home. Police said Hines arrived a week ago with her two children. She gave no reason for her actions.

Rues was only able to provide a few details about the ongoing investigation but made it clear that foul play is suspected. "She just seemed a bit hysterical", he said.

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