A mother is in jail after allegedly strangling her two children by tying their necks with ribbon and telling police she “don’t want them anymore”.
That children were found with her neck, arms and legs tied in the woman’s home, police say.
The gruesome discovery was made in Little Haiti, Miami, late Tuesday night.
After making several calls to 911 but hanging up, officers arrived at the home of Odette Joassaint, 41.
“[Officers] found a woman who appeared to be angry or going through a crisis,” said Miami Police Officer Michael Vega.
She reportedly told responding officers, “Come and get her, I don’t want her anymore.”
The two children, Laura and Jeffrey, were found tied up in a bedroom and unresponsive, according to the Miami Herald.
Joassaint has allegedly confessed to strangling her two children with a red ribbon after tying them together at the neck, legs and arms.
The Miami Herald also reports that the woman told police that she was not in a good position financially and that her “children are suffering and would suffer less if they were dead.”
Frantzy Belval, the father of the 3- and 5-year-old children, told the outlet the woman wants to move back in with him.
He refused, saying, “I told her, ‘You’re crazy. You create too many problems.”
The children reportedly lived with Joassaint full-time. But Belval visited her weekly.
“You loved me so much,” he told the Miami Herald. “I buy clothes for the kids every week.”
The Herald reports that both parents had previously been jailed at least once on allegations of domestic violence.
The Florida Department of Children and Families became aware of Belval and Joassaint — Local 10 News reported that Belval had notified the agency about Joassaint — and released a statement upon learning of the children’s deaths.
“The events that took place in this house yesterday are devastating. The department is working closely with law enforcement to uncover the circumstances that caused the tragic and untimely deaths of these two children,” the agency said.
“We have launched a full investigation and will provide updates regularly and publicly.”
Joassaint was charged with two counts of first-degree murder on Wednesday. She is being held without bond.
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