A Florida mother has been accused of murdering her two young children in their apartment. She has been arrested.
Officers responded to repeated 911 hang-up calls coming from the home and found the bodies of both children tied up on a bed.
“Come get them, I don’t want them anymore,” 41-year-old Odette Lysse Joassaint told officers who responded to the scene on Tuesday night, according to the arrest report.
According to the police, she appeared to be irrational.
The authorities discovered a 3-year-old child and a 5-year-old girl inside the apartment. According to the police complaint, the youngsters were bound in a prone position on the bed with their arms, legs, and neck.
The officers unfastened the youngsters and attempted to resuscitate them, but they were already dead, according to WSVN.
“Fire rescue was called to the scene and declared both children were deceased,” according to police spokesperson Michael Vega.
Police haven’t revealed how many 911 calls she made or whether she spoke with a dispatcher.
Joassaint is accused with two counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bond, according to online arrest records.
Frantzy Belval, the victims’ father, told The Miami Herald that his children lived with Joassaint full time and saw him once a week on Saturdays. He described the mother as “unstable” and said she had been unemployed for a year. Belval told the newspaper that she begged him to let her live with him again, but he refused.
The father was not living there at the time, but police said they had received at least four reports about domestic violence, trespassing, and disruption at the property in the previous year. Vega stated that no arrests had been made and that none of the occurrences affected children.
The Florida Department of Children and Families is also assisting law enforcement, but it is unclear whether it has previously worked with the family. Requests for information were not immediately returned by the state agency.
An autopsy will be performed to identify the cause of death of the children.