A 25-year-old Weatherford, TX woman is under arrest after she killed her children by locking them in a hot vehicle for hours, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Today, Tribune Media Wire reports that Randolph has been charged with "first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury". Then she initially told authorities the children locked themselves in the auto. But her account of that day changed over the course of several interviews with investigators until she acknowledged on Friday that she left them in the auto intentionally, the Parker County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. When her daughter refused, she shut the door, but believed the children would figure out how to get out when they've learned their lesson. She was booked into the Parker Country Jail on Friday. "The defendant said that she broke the auto window to make it look like an accident".
When she awoke and found the children unresponsive inside the vehicle, investigators say she broke the window to make it look like an accident.
In 2017 alone, 13 children have died from being locked inside cars and suffering heat stroke, according to San Jose State University professor Jan Null.
The Parker County Sheriff's Office has arrested Cynthia Marie Randolph after further investigation into her children's "accidental" death revealed that it was actually a deadly lesson she subjected the toddlers. Initially, the mother told cops that she was doing chores in the house when the children "took off".
According to the Parker County Sheriffs Office, Randolph said she was inside her residence folding laundry and watching television, as the children played in an enclosed back porch, visible from the living room. Randolph said the door was locked so she broke a window to gain entry. She quickly broke the window and called for medical attention but it was already too late because both children were pronounced dead at the scene.