Her two young kids died after she left them in a hot car in May, and now a Texas mother is facing criminal charges.
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.
The charges stem from the May 26 deaths of Randolph’s 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son, when temperatures topped 96 degrees at the family’s home in Weatherford, Texas, which is about 30 miles west of Fort Worth.
Randolph initially told police that the kids must have entered the vehicle on their own and locked themselves in.
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. Randolph said she searched for more than a half-hour and then found the kids in the four-door vehicle.
But Randolph later admitted to authorities that she left the kids in the car.
Randolph told investigators that shortly after noon on the day of the deaths, she found the kids inside the car and, using profanity, ordered the girl out. When the daughter refused, Randolph said she shut the door to teach the girl a “lesson” and believed the girl “could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready.”
Randolph told investigators that she then went back into her home, smoked marijuana and slept for two to three hours.
When she later discovered the kids, Randolph broke a car window “to make it look like an accident,” according to the television station.
Police were called to the residence shortly after 4 p.m. on May 26, and the children were pronounced dead around 4:30 p.m.
Randolph has been booked into jail but no bail has yet been set.
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