Texas mother charged in deaths of toddlers left in hot vehicle

Katrina Soto
June 25, 2017

Parker County Sheriff's investigators arrested Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, in connection with the death of her two children from extreme heat exposure in a vehicle.

She said she then broke the auto window to corroborate her initial story.

The incident happened in late May, when she initially told police the children locked themselves inside the vehicle. She said she thought her daughter could get herself and her brother out when ready.

On that day, it was about 96 degrees in the area, according to the Dallas Morning News.

When Randolph found the children in distress, police said the woman broke the window of the auto to make the incident "look like an accident".

It was only after her nap that Randolph found her children unresponsive inside the Honda Crosstour, police said. The woman's arrest follows that of recent Kerr County, Texas mother, Amanda Hawkins whose two children also died after being left in a hot vehicle as the 19 year old teen 'partied'.

Medics pronounced both children dead at the scene, authorities said. She was booked into the Parker County Jail.

Police said Cynthia Randolph was trying to teach her two-year-old toddler daughter Juliet Ramirez a lesson for not coming out of the auto when she was the called, when Juliet and her 16-month-old brother Cavanaugh Ramirez died.

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She acknowledged going back into the home west of Fort Worth, smoking marijuana and then napping for two or three hours.

Randolph initially lied about what happened.

Authorities were called to the home at about 4 p.m. when the mother said she had discovered them unresponsive in the vehicle.

Subsequent interviews, during which Randolph "created several variations of the events which led to the death of her children", led to her arrest, the sheriff's department said.

A ruling on the cause and manner of death in each child is pending, according to the medical examiner's website.

"When she woke, the defendant found her children in her vehicle, unresponsive", authorities added.

Sheriff Fowler originally said on May 26, that any incidents involving any child are hard ones, but this call was especially heartbreaking with the unfortunate deaths of the two children.

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