Mother left kids in hot auto, then smoked pot and slept

Posted June 25, 2017

A mother has been charged over the deaths of her two young children after she locked them in a vehicle, and left them there. Randolph said she searched for more than a half-hour and then found the kids in the four-door vehicle.

Police on Friday arrested Cynthia Marie Randolph on two felony counts of first-degree injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, CBS DFW reports.

Two toddlers died after being locked in a hot auto for several hours by their mother who left them in the vehicle to teach them a lesson, officials said.

A Texas mother whose two children died of heat exposure after she left them in a auto was arrested Friday, local authorities said. "A child is likely to die when his body temperature reaches 107 degrees, and that can happen in minutes".

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.

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

Over the past two decades, more than 700 children have died of heatstroke while in hot cars, said Jan Null, a meteorologist who compiles and keeps track of the data on After about 20 to 30 minutes passed, Randolph said she realized she had not heard the children and noticed they were gone.

KTLA 5 reported that, Captain Mark Arnett, an officer with the Parker County Sheriff's Office said the daughter and son of the Texas mom were playing in their house when they seemingly "disappeared".

The Texas mom is now in custody at Park County Jail. The children were later identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office as Juliet Ramirez, 2, and Cavanaugh Ramirez, 16 months. This bill requires all new cars to come equipped with a device that alerts the owner of the vehicle if the child is left behind after the auto is shut off.