Cops: Texas Mom Left Kids in Hot Car to Teach 'Lesson'

Cops: Texas Mom Left Kids in Hot Car to Teach 'Lesson'

Randolph told authorities that around 12:15 p.m. on May 26, she found her children playing inside her vehicle, and ordered her daughter out of the auto using profanity.

Cynthia Randolph was jailed Friday on two counts of causing serious bodily harm to a child. The Lake Weatherforld, #Texas mother is now being held in the Parker County Jail.

Deputies say Randolph left the kids in the auto while she went back into the house and smoked marijuana before falling asleep for at least two hours.

But on Friday, the story changed. When her daughter refused, she shut the door, but believed the children would figure out how to get out when they've learned their lesson.

Experts say that children overheat four times quicker than adults and could die once their body temperature reaches 107 degrees.

"Please send a thank you to [the] Parker County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers from the Ramirez family", the statement said.

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According to the criminal complaint, Randolph initially told investigators she was inside her rural home west of Fort Worth folding laundry and watching TV on May 26 while the children were playing on the enclosed back porch.

The children were pronounced dead at around 16:30, which was four hours after they had been left in the vehicle.

San Jose State University professor Jan Null, who works with the National Safety Council, said 13 children have died this year from heat strokes after being left in hot cars, the station reported. Authorities note that Randolph "created several variations of the events" over the course of the last month.

No bond has been set yet for Randolph, and it is not clear whether she has an attorney.

In "that version", she said she searched the property for some time before finding the children locked inside a four-door vehicle, which they'd presumably entered of their own accord and becoming 'locked from the inside'.

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