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

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

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

Investigators say Randolph said she left her two-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son in the hot vehicle to teach the girl a lesson.

Randolph initially told police the children, 1-year old Cavanaugh Ramirez and 2-year old Juliet Ramirez, had locked themselves in the vehicle. 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.

Police say a woman in Texas left her two young children in a hot auto as punishment. She says she thought they'd be able to get themselves out, so she went back to inside to smoke weed and fell asleep for hours.

Online jail records don't list an attorney for her. Authorities say that the suspect admitted to locking the toddlers inside her vehicle on goal to teach them a lesson. She looked into the room they had been playing and noticed they were "gone".

Ms. Randolph was booked into the Parker County Jail on Friday. Randolph also initially reported both children "took off", that she had searched the area then later found the toddlers locked inside a small four-door vehicle on the property.

In a final interview with investigators Friday, Randolph described an entirely different timeline for what happened that day - one that began much earlier in the afternoon than she had previously admitted. She said approximately 20 to 30 minutes had passed when she realized she had not heard the children. Of those, three have been in North Texas, including the two Friday in Parker County. Through multiple interviews with investigators over the past month, Randolph "created several variations of the events" of May 26, police said.

She then broke the auto window to make it look like the children had locked themselves inside, and she was trying to rescue them.

Randolph told investigators that shortly after noon on the day of the deaths, she found the kids inside the vehicle and, using profanity, ordered the girl out.

Fowler said that any incidents involving any child are hard ones, but this call was especially heartbreaking because of the unfortunate deaths of the two children.

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