Texas Mom Charged in Deaths of Children Found in Hot Car


Cynthia Marie Randolph was charged with two first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily harm and was booked into the Parker County Jail on Friday, the Star-Telegram reported.

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Parker County Sheriff's Department investigators arrested Cynthia Randolph after admitting that she left her kids in the vehicle to "teach them a lesson". She later told investigators that she later broke the auto window to make it look like an accident. Randolph implicated herself again when she told investigators she later broke the vehicle window to make it look like an accident.

Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, told investigators with the Parker County Sheriff's Office that she was trying to teach her 2-year-old daughter a lesson by putting in the auto with her 16-month-old brother. When she awoke, she found the children unresponsive inside the auto and broke the window to make it look like an accident, the statement said.

During multiple interviews, however, Randolph's account of what happened kept changing, officials said.

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After noticing the children were missing, Randolph told officers she found them unresponsive in a locked auto and broke a window to rescue them.

She then told officers that she had to break a window and rescue the children, then called 911, authorities said. Temperatures that day reached into the mid-90s.

Parker County Sheriff's Capt. Mark Arnett told CNN that according to the mother, the children were playing in a back room of their home when they disappeared. Of those, three have been in North Texas, including the two Friday in Parker County.

She has been jailed. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office has not yet ruled on the manner and cause of each child's death.

Sheriff's deputies on the scene asked Randolph how long the children had been inside the vehicle.