June 23, 2018

Mother arrested in death of children

25 June 2017, 01:46 | Erin Grant

Texas mom arrested after 2 children die in hot car during ‘lesson

Texas mom arrested after 2 children die in hot car during ‘lesson

Cynthia Marie Randolph was charged with two first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily harm and was booked into the Parker County Jail on Friday, the Star-Telegram reported. She said that she broke the window in an attempt to rescue her children and called 911.

But when she was arrested Friday, police said Randolph admitted to officers that she locked the children inside the auto on goal. She said she thought her daughter could get herself and her brother out when ready. It wasn't clear if she had an attorney - online jail records didn't list one for her - and she doesn't have a listed phone number. Temperatures reached 96 degrees Fahrenheit that day. After about an hour, she left the house to look for her children and found them locked inside the auto with her keys and cellphone.

In "that version", she said she searched the property for some time before finding the children locked inside a four-door vehicle, which they'd presumably entered of their own accord and becoming 'locked from the inside'.

In 2017 alone, 13 children have died from being locked inside cars and suffering heat stroke, according to San Jose State University professor Jan Null.

Parker County sheriff's officials say she told investigators Friday that she found the kids playing in the vehicle May 26 and then closed the door and left them inside when the 2-year-old refused to come out.

A report via wfaa told of the mother putting the children inside the auto before going inside the family home and smoking marijuana before taking a nap for two to three hours. Both kids were pronounced dead shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Randolph was arrested after several subsequent interviews and an extensive investigation conducted by sheriff's investigators with the assistance of the Texas Rangers, the release said.

She then fell asleep for hours.

Randolph initially lied about what happened.

A ruling on the cause and manner of death in each child is pending, according to the medical examiner's website. She took a nap lasting two to three hours, before she went back outside to check on her children.

Sheriff Fowler originally said on May 26, that any incidents involving any child are hard ones, but this call was especially heartbreaking with the unfortunate deaths of the two children.

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