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Court Hearing Held for Mother Accused of Killing Her Kids in Miramar

It was a dramatic day in court Friday for the attorney of the mother accused of double murder in Miramar.

Sophia Hines, 40, has given no explanation for her actions, but family members claim she suffers from postpartum depression. Her children, 7-month-old St. Leo and 3-year-old Ariel, were found dead on Wednesday.

Police said Hines told them she smothered her children to death.

"Ms. Hines is going to be held no bond at this time," the judge said during Friday's hearing.

Hines did not appear in bond court. Her lawyer was there and said Hines is simply incapable of appreciating what has happened.

"She's in no shape to appear. She's currently in a catatonic state. I spent three hours with her yesterday. I've never seen anything like it. Severe case of postpartum depression," said Betsy Benson, public defender.

Hines' family in Philadelphia didn't even know she was visiting South Florida. Her husband said he thought she was in New York, and that he never suspected any mental illness severe enough to lead to a tragedy.

The public defender said Hines was being treated for postpartum depression in Philadelphia, but obviously, it wasn't enough.

"I've spoken with the family. She has two grown children to whom she was a great mom and something happened that turned into a horrible tragedy that no one can imagine," Benson said.

Hines was being held in the protective custody wing in the psych ward at the Broward County Jail under suicide watch.

Meanwhile, St. Leo and Ariel's daycare in Philadelphia held a candlelight vigil and balloon release in honor of the kids Friday evening.

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