MIAMI (November 14, 2012)--Police were investigating Wednesday 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 told The Miami Herald the neighbor smelled an odor Tuesday and went inside the house to find its source.
Inside she found Gladys Machado dead in a closet.
The bodies of Machado's daughters, 4-year-old Daniela Patrino 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 Tuesday, as police continued their investigation.
Neighbors told the newspaper that Machado lived with a boyfriend who had recently been released from jail.
Police have not released the manner of death.
No further details were immediately available.