MIAMI (AP) — Police are investigating after a neighbor found a 29-year-old woman and her two young daughters dead inside their home near Miami.
Miami-Dade detective Roy Rutland said the neighbor smelled an odor Tuesday and went inside to find its source. There, she found Gladys Machado in a closet. Machado's daughters, 4-year-old Daniela Padrino and 8-year-old Julia Padrino, were next to her.
Police say the woman's 6-year-old son was safe with his grandmother.
Friends and family members — including the children's father — gathered outside the home as police continued their investigation. Neighbors said Machado lived with Alberto Sierra who had recently been released from jail.
Sierra voluntarily came to the station Wednesday night to talk to police, but he is not a suspect.
Police have not released the manner of death.