MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Little Haiti mother accused of murdering her daughter and son could face the death penalty.
On Wednesday, Odette Joassaint was formally charged with two counts of second degree murder.
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Prosecutors said they plan to seek a grand jury indictment which would lead to two counts of first degree murder.
On April 12th, police found the bodies of Joassaint’s children tied up inside her apartment.
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The children were bound by their ankles, wrists, and neck. Investigators said Joassaint, 41, strangled her three-year-old daughter Laura and five-year-old son Jeffrey.
She then called 911. Police said she appeared to be having a mental episode. When officers arrived, she told them, “They’re inside. Go get them. I don’t want them,” according to police spokesman Michael Vega.
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Police said they were called to Joassaint’s residence previously for trespassing, several disturbances, and domestic violence. This was the first time there was an incident involving children.