If convicted, 40-year-old Sophia Hines could be sentenced to death

By Chris Harris
Updated June 10, 2016 04:00 PM
Credit: Broward County Jail via AP

A Philadelphia woman is being held by Florida authorities after allegedly admitting to suffocating her 7-month-old son and 3-year-old daughter using a bed sheet, PEOPLE confirms.

Police in Miramar, Florida, say in a statement that Sophia Hines, 40, allegedly told detectives she held a bed sheet over her infant son’s mouth, and, when he stopped moving, used the same sheet to smother her daughter.

Hines is being held without bail at the Broward County Jail, charged with two counts of premeditated murder. If convicted, she could be sentenced to death, law enforcement officials tell PEOPLE.

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Prisoner records did not indicate whether Hines has legal representation. Hines has yet to stand before a judge to enter a plea to the charges against her.

According to police, Hines has offered no motive for the alleged killings, which police say occurred during a visit to a relative’s home in Miramar, which is near Miami.

Detectives say Hines arrived a week ago with her two children. She called a relative on Wednesday, police say, and asked that they come to where she was staying.

The relative allegedly arrived to find Hines sobbing next to the children’s bodies, which were laid on a bed, side-by-side, in a face-up position.

Police were summoned to the apartment where Hines had been staying. Attempts to revive the children failed, and medical officials declared them dead at the scene.

The names of the children have not been released.