TX mom says she left 2 kids in hot car as punishment

Jun 25, 2017, 01:12
TX mom says she left 2 kids in hot car as punishment

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) - Texas authorities say a 24-year-old woman has been charged in the deaths of her two children who were found inside a hot vehicle last month outside the family's home. Randolph further told investigators that she broke the auto window so that it would look like an accident, police said.

Authorities say a Texas woman told investigators that she left her 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son in the hot auto where they died last month to teach the girl a lesson, and that they didn't lock. She said she thought her daughter could get herself and her brother out when ready. Temperatures in the area had reportedly hit 96 degrees outside the day Randolph's children died inside her vehicle.

After she found both children unresponsive, Randolph said she broke a window of the vehicle in an attempt to save the children, the release stated.

The pair were pronounced dead around half-an-hour after authorities were notified.

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Parker County Sheriff's Capt. Mark Arnett told CNN that according to the mother, the children were playing in a back room of their home when they disappeared.

Randolph was charged Friday with two first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

No bond has been set yet for Randolph, and it is not clear whether she has an attorney.

However, investigators said Randolph in subsequent interviews "created several variations of the events which lead to the death of her children", and in an interview on Friday she implicated herself.

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The Parker County Sheriff's Department determined that Randolph changing her story about how her children died was probable cause for arrest. Null, a meteorologist that works with the National Safety Council, tracks the trend in hot vehicle deaths each year via his web site.

She then told officers that she had to break a window and rescue the children, then called 911, authorities said. According to the data, an average of 37 children die in hot cars annually in the United States.

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