A teen mother in Texas has been arrested after her leaving her two young daughters in a car overnight. According to a press release from Kerr County Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Amanda Hawkins showed up to a hospital on Thursday with her two daughters: 1-year-old Brynn and 2-year-old Addyson. Both children were in grave condition and were transferred to another hospital for care.
Hawkins allegedly told hospital employees that she, her two daughters, and a 16-year-old (who also arrived at the hospital) were smelling flowers by a lake when the children collapsed.
In reality, according to the press release, the two girls were left in Hawkins' car intentionally for over 15 hours. The mom left her children in the car overnight to hang out with friends inside a house until noon the next day.
When Hawkins discovered her two children in poor condition, she tried to bath them. She did not take them to the hospital right away because she didn’t want to get in trouble, according to police.
Both girls passed away the next day.
“This is by far the most horrific case of child endangerment that I have seen in the 37 years that I have been in law enforcement,” said Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer in the press release.
He also posted on the department’s Facebook page, “I do not do this very often but I felt now that I should. I truly appreciate all the support that everybody has given our office on this horrific incident of child endangerment that resulted in the deaths of the two little girls it has been extremely hard on all my investigators and our entire office.”
Hawkins was arrested and is being held on $70,000 bail on two charges of abandoning or endangering a child.
The mom and her now estranged husband Isaac Hawkins were investigated by Child Protective Services last year according to My San Antonio. The father wasn’t present when the girls were left in the vehicle.
[Bexar County Sheriff's Office]