Pennsylvania Mother Charged After Suffocating Her Two Children While in Florida

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A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania mother has been charged after the bodies of her two children were found in a Florida apartment.

40-year-old Sophia Hines was arrested last week and charged with two counts of premeditated murder.

Her husband, Anthony Singleton, didn’t even know she was in Florida, Miramar, to be exact; he thought she was in New York visiting family.

“They called me from Florida from somewhere and told me, her friend of a friend told me, and I didn’t believe it at first,” he said.

But she and her 3-year-old daughter and 7-month-old son were visiting a different relative, Neisha Nettleford, and she’d been there for a week.

At around 4:30 p.m. on June 8th, Ms. Nettleford got a call from Ms. Hines who said she had to “come home now.”

When Nettleford got home to her apartment, she found both kids unresponsive on the bed in the master bedroom.

Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said, “We received a 911 call, a medical emergency involving two children.”

CPR was tried and failed. Both children were pronounced dead at the scene.

While being questioned, Ms. Hines admitted that she suffocated her son by putting a sheet over his mouth until he stopped breathing. She then carried out the same unspeakable act on her daughter.

She’s given no explanation whatsoever for the killings.

A man she’d made friends with in Miramar, Palmer Assad, had a theory, however. He said the last time he’d spoken with her, she was crying.

“She needed money to get back to Philadelphia,” he said.

Purportedly, her cousin told her she’d needed to leave because she was expecting her boyfriend from Jamaica.

Assad also said she was extremely worried about her visa status and that she’d be forced to go back to Jamaica

“If I had known she was going to kill those kids I would have taken them,” he said.

 

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