Texas Mom Charged in Hot Car Deaths
- Author: Jon Douglas Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 1:14
But Randolph later admitted to authorities that she left the kids in the vehicle.
Police on Friday arrested Cynthia Marie Randolph on two felony counts of first-degree injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, CBS DFW reports.
Randolph told cops she later broke the auto window to make it look like an accident.
Authorities in North Texas have arrested a 25-year-old woman for the deaths a month ago of her two children found in a hot auto outside their home.
Authorities were called to the home at about 4 p.m. when the mother said she had discovered them unresponsive in the auto. When the 2-year-old refused to exit the auto, Randolph said she shut the vehicle door to teach her daughter a "lesson", thinking "she could get herself and her brother out of the vehicle when ready".
Around 4:30 p.m., medical responders who had arrived pronounced her children dead.
As part of that story, Randolph claimed that she had been folding laundry and watching television when she realized that she could not hear the children playing anymore in an enclosed porch. After about an hour, she left the house to look for her children and found them locked inside the vehicle with her keys and cellphone. Her bond has not been set. Heatstroke begins when the body temperature reaches 104 degrees.
The children, 2-year-old Juliet Ramirez and 16-month-old Cavanaugh Ramirez, were found deceased May 26 inside a vehicle on the 200 block of Rambling Loop, near Lake Weatherford.
On Friday, the Texas Rangers and a Dallas-based senior federal special agent conducted an interview with Randolph, where she implicated herself in the deaths of her children.
In documents released Friday, the Parker County Sheriff's Department used Randolph's shifting statements about how her children died as probable cause to charge her.