A 3-year-old boy and his twin sister have died after they were found unresponsive in the back seat of a car on a Florida freeway moments before their mother jumped from the on-ramp onto train tracks below in an alleged attempt to commit suicide, according to authorities.
Around 2 a.m. on Feb. 2, a passerby contacted the Miami-Dade Police Department after finding an unresponsive juvenile in a vehicle near the on-ramp connecting Interstate 95 to the Florida Turnpike, WSVN-TV reported.
Another call came in shortly after to report there was a second unresponsive child, officials said.
Det. Andrew Martin told WFOR-TV that officers arrived at the scene and found the driver, who “went over the railing to the on-ramp onto the railroad tracks.”
Officials identified her as Shirlene Alcime, the mother of the twins.
The two children were transported to a nearby hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
The twins, Milendhere Gabriel Napoleon Cadet and Milenjhit Gabriella Napoleon Cadet, had no outward signs of trauma, officials told the Miami Herald.
Milson Cadet, the twins’ father, said he went to work early in the morning on Feb. 1, and when he returned later that evening, Alcime and the twins were not home, according to the outlet.
Cadet said he then reportedly called Alcime at the office, but she never answered or returned his calls.
Cadet told the Miami Herald that Alcime is “not someone who has mental problems” and she reportedly owned a business and worked closely with the Haitian community.
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Alcime’s landlord sued her because she failed to pay rent and faced eviction, but she and the property owner reached an agreement, according to the Miami Herald reported.
Miami-Dade Police said Alcime, who remains hospitalized, jumped onto the tracks in an attempt to commit suicide.
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