Deaths Of Toddlers Left In Mom's Hot Car As 'Lesson' Ruled Homicides

While her children stayed in the car, she took a nap.

By Jaime Lutz

The two toddlers who died in a hot car in late May while their mom tried to teach them “a lesson”  were killed by homicide, investigators have determined.

Their mother, Cynthia Randolph, was initially charged with two counts of causing bodily injury to a child with intent back in June. It isn’t clear if her charges will change now that a medical examiner has found that her children died of homicide by heatstroke.

Juliet Ramirez, 2, and Cavanaugh Ramirez, 1, were found unresponsive outside their home on May 26 and pronounced dead 30 minutes later, investigators said.

Randolph, 24, reportedly told investigators that her children “took off” and locked themselves inside her car, forcing her to break a window in an attempt to save them, People reported.

But Randolph’s story changed, police claimed, and she eventually confessed to them that she herself closed the door on her children after her daughter refused to stop playing in her car, leaving her children in the vehicle as temperatures climbed to 96 degrees outside.

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,'” a police affidavit claimed.

Randolph then allegedly went home, smoked marijuana, and took a two-to three-hour nap.

She allegedly told police that she broke the car window to “make it look like an accident.”

[Image: Parker County Sheriff’s Office]

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