Texas mother charged in deaths of toddlers left in hot car
- Author: Archie Newman Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 1:47
Randolph was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree injury to a child causing serious bodily injury in Weathorford, Texas.
Randolph told investigators she later broke the auto window to make it look like an accident, officials said. Her daughter, Juliet Ramirez, 2, and 1-year-old son, Cavanaugh Ramirez, had been playing in the vehicle without their mother's permission, and her daughter refused to get out of the auto when Randolph ordered her to get out, so to teach her children a "lesson", Randolph left them inside the auto. Police say she admitted she left her kids in the auto to "teach them a lesson".
Ms Randolph initially said they were exposed to extreme temperatures inside the auto for no longer than an hour. Even though, my mom could be completely nuts, she would never try to teach my brother and I a lesson by leaving us defenseless in a hot locked vehicle.
Two toddlers died after being locked in a hot auto for several hours by their mother who left them in the vehicle to teach them a lesson, officials said.
At the time, for reasons not necessarily understood the mother believed her children would leave the vehicle on their own when "they were ready".
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.
In 2017 alone, 13 children have died from being locked inside cars and suffering heat stroke, according to San Jose State University professor Jan Null.
A 16-month-old boy was also left in the vehicle, which likely reached a temperature of nearly 100 degrees while both children were inside.
When she woke, she went to check on the children and found them unresponsive.
Sheriff's deputies were called to a residence in the 200 block of Rambling Loop, in unincorporated Parker County west of Lake Weatherford, where Randolph told detectives that she found her two children unresponsive after being locked inside a vehicle.
She has been jailed.
She then told officers that she had to break a window and rescue the children, then called 911, authorities said.