Mom left toddlers in hot vehicle to teach a 'lesson'

Parker County Mother Charged in Deaths of Children Found in Hot Car

Randolph was arrested on Friday for two counts of causing injury to a child. Randolph said she searched for more than a half-hour and then found the kids in the four-door vehicle.

What really happened on May 26, police say, is that Randolph's 2-year-old daughter refused to get out of the vehicle and the mother responded by shutting the door to teach her "a lesson", thinking "she could get herself and her brother out of the auto when ready". Police say she admitted she left her kids in the auto to "teach them a lesson".

Randolph said that after she closed the auto door on her two children she went inside her residence and smoked marijuana, then took a two-to-three hour nap, according to a news release from the Parker County Sheriff's Office.

After extensive interviews with police, investigators determined that Randolph actually intentionally left the children in the auto to teach young Juliet a lesson. She said she thought her daughter would be able to open the auto door and get out whenever she and her brother wanted to leave the vehicle.

A Texas mother faces first-degree felony charges in the deaths of her 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son after police say she locked them inside a sweltering auto last month to teach them a lesson. "No more than an hour", she immediately said.

Randolph was arrested after several subsequent interviews and an extensive investigation conducted by sheriff's investigators with the assistance of the Texas Rangers, the release said.

She has been jailed.

When she woke, she went to check on the children and found them unresponsive. The temperature was close to 96 Fahrenheit (36 Celsius) and emergency personnel that Randolph had called pronounced the children dead at the scene, the court filing said. The children were unresponsive and Randolph said she broke a window to gain entry.

Police have arrested a Texas mother after she allegedly left her two young children in a hot vehicle as a form of punishment in late May. According to the data, an average of 37 children die in hot cars annually in the United States.

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