When officers entered the apartment in Little Haiti, they saw the bodies of the tied-up children, a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, according to a report.
Officers “found a female that appeared to be irate or going through a crisis,” Miami Police Department spokesman Michael Vega said.
The woman, 41-year-old Odette Joassaint, the mother of the children, has since been charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder.
PIO is on scene at 131 NE 75 St where officers responded to calls from a female who seemed to be in a crisis. Upon arrival, officers located 2 minors who were unresponsive. @CityofMiamiFire responded and declared the minors deceased. Media staging area is NE 1 Ave and 75 St. pic.twitter.com/GxSkTpToVD— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) April 13, 2022
Officials say that before they showed up, Joassain had made several calls to 911 but would hang up.
She allegedly appeared irrational when police arrived at the home and said “Come get them. I don’t want them anymore.”
“[Officers] found a female who appeared to be irate or going through a crisis,” said Miami Police Officer Michael Vega.
The children, Laura and Jeffrey, were found tied up and unresponsive inside a bedroom, as reported by Local 10 News.
They were in a prone position and had their arms, legs and neck tied.
Following resuscitation attempts, they were declared dead at the scene.
The children’s exact cause of death will be confirmed via an autopsy.
The children’s father told Local 10 News he had reported Joassain to the Florida Department of Children and Families, but the claim is unconfirmed.
The investigation is ongoing.