Authorities: Texas mom left 2 kids in hot vehicle as punishment

Cynthia Marie Randolph 25
Cynthia Marie Randolph 25
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25 June, 2017

Parker County Sheriff's investigators arrested Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, in connection with the death of her two children, a 16-month-old boy and a 2-year-old girl.

Officials say Randolph left the children in the auto to teach them a lesson, after she found the two playing in the vehicle.

Randolph told investigators that she then went back into her home, smoked marijuana and slept for two to three hours.

Temperatures reportedly reached the mid 90's the day of the incident. Her bond has not been set.

Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk. When she didn't hear from them for almost half an hour, Randolph said she searched for the toddlers before discovering them locked inside the vehicle, alongside her keys and cellphone.

Thirteen children left in vehicles have died of heat stroke this year, and 713 have died since 1998, according to the NoHeatStroke.org website maintained by Jan Null, a meteorology lecturer at San Jose State University in California.

At first, authorities say that the suspect told them that she was folding laundry while her children were outside playing.

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Around 4:30 p.m., medical responders who had arrived pronounced her children dead.

According to the Parker County Sheriff's Office, when asked how long the children might have been exposed to the high temperatures inside the auto, Randolph responded immediately: "No more than an hour".

A Parker County mother who told investigators that she locked her two children in a hot auto as punishment was arrested Friday, authorities said.

A mother has been charged over the deaths of her two young children after she locked them in a vehicle, and left them there.

The Texas mom is now in custody at Park County Jail.

Cynthia Randolph, 24, was being held on Saturday on $200,000 bail for the deaths of her 16-month-old son and 2-year-old daughter last month, Danie Huffman, a spokeswoman for the Parker County Sheriff's Office, said in an email.

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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