A 25-year-old Texas mother has been arrested for the deaths of her two young children after she decided to leave them in a hot car as punishment while she went inside her home, smoked marijuana, and took a nap.
Cynthia Marie Randolph is facing two first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily harm, the Star-Telegram reported. The heinous incident took place on the afternoon of May 26 – the hottest day of the year at the time — when Randolph was allegedly trying to teach her 2-year-old daughter a lesson by locking her away in the car with her 16-month-old brother.
In a news release, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Randolph confessed to closing the car door on her children, getting high in her home, and then drifting off to sleep while her toddlers lost consciousness. She allegedly believed that the children could get out of the car by themselves and was not worried for their safety.
However, Randolph’s story has changed multiple times since investigators began questioning her, and she admitted to breaking the window of her car to make her children’s death seem accidental.
Initially, Randolph claimed that she was in her residence folding laundry as the children played in an enclosed back porch visible from the living room. She said they then suddenly vanished, and after searching for them for roughly 30 or 40 minutes, she found them locked inside of a four-door vehicle on the property. They were already unresponsive, she insisted.
She then supposedly broke a window to save them and contacted emergency medical personnel, but the children were pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Upon further investigation and questioning, though, officials were able to elicit the truth of the tragic case from Randolph.