Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Local | By Dorothy Bennett

Mother arrested over death of her children in a hot auto

Mother arrested over death of her children in a hot auto

The incident happened on May 26, when Randolph's 2-year-old daughter, Juliet, and 1-year-old son, Cavanaugh, were found dead in a locked vehicle in the driveway of her home outside of Fort Worth, police said.

But after changing her story she is being held on suspicion of two counts of causing serious bodily injury to a child.

The incident occurred near Lake Weatherford, Texas, located about an hour west of Fort Worth. She said after a half-hour of searching, she found their dead bodies in her vehicle.

Randolph said she wanted to teach her daughter a "lesson", and thought her daughter "could get herself and her brother out of the vehicle when ready", officials said.

She went inside, smoked marijuana, and took a nap for around three hours, on a day where temperatures reached the mid-30s. The children died on May 26, 2017, according to a Parker County sheriff's news release. According to the police, the mother also made up lies to make the her children's deaths look like an accident.

According to the Parker County Sheriffs Office, Randolph said she was inside her residence folding laundry and watching television, as the children played in an enclosed back porch, visible from the living room.

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A Texas woman is facing charges after her two children died as a result of being locked in a hot vehicle. The website noheatstroke.org says humans enter heat stroke - a potentially fatal condition - at 104 degrees. Authorities note that Randolph "created several variations of the events" over the course of the last month.

She told the police that in trying to save them, she broke the window and called 911.

Sheriff Larry Fowler said in May that any incidents involving any child are hard, but this call was "especially heartbreaking" with the unfortunate deaths of the two children, CBS DFW reports.

Emergency responders pronounced the two children dead at about 4 p.m. that afternoon.

She has been jailed and no bail has been set.

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