A Texas mom was charged in the deaths of her two toddlers after they were kept in a hot car for at least three hours on a 96-degree day to teach the eldest a “lesson,” police claimed.
Cynthia Randolph, 24, was arrested last week after the May 26 deaths of her children Juliet, 2, and Cavanaugh, 1.
The children were found unresponsive by emergency medics and pronounced dead 30 minutes after their discover, People magazine reported.
Authorities determined that they died of extreme heat exposure, NBC News reported.
Randolph initially claimed that the two children “took off” had locked themselves in the car, forcing her to break a window to attempt to reach them, police said.
Police noticed inconsistencies in her version of events, however, and eventually she allegedly confessed that she found the children playing inside the car and left them inside after her daughter refused to exit the vehicle. She later broke the windows of her car to make it seem like their deaths had been accidental, police claimed.
“She shut the car door to teach her daughter a ‘lesson,’ thinking, ‘she could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready,’ ” police claimed in a statement obtained by People. “Randolph then told investigators she went into her home, smoked marijuana and went to sleep for two to three hours.”
Randolph was charged with two counts of causing bodily injury to a child with intent.
About 37 children die in hot cars each year, according to Jan Null, a meteorologist that works with the National Safety Council and who tracks hot car deaths. So far, 13 children have died from being left in a hot car this year.
Many of these deaths are accidental. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, recently introduced the Hot Cars Act of 2017, which if passed would require new cars to come equipped with a system to alert parents if there is a child in the backseat of a car after the vehicle is turned off.
[Image: Parker County Sheriff’s Office]