A Texas mother has been charged for the death of her two toddler daughters after she left them in a hot car overnight.
Amanda Hawkins, 19, decided she wanted to hang out with her 16-year-old friend and decided to leave her daughters, Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, in a hot car overnight.
Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said her friends even heard the children crying, but Hawkins decided to ignore them.
“One of them even told her they could hear the kids crying out in the car and told her to bring them in. And she said, ‘No, they’re fine. They’ll cry themselves to sleep,’” he said, according to KSAT.
“The windows of the SUV were partially down some of the time the children were in the vehicle, Hierholzer said. The temperature dipped to about 60 degrees overnight before climbing to about 85 degrees at noon Wednesday, according to online weather data. But the humidity topped out at 96 percent, meaning 85 degrees could have felt like 105 degrees, according to a heat index chart,” wrote the Houston Chronicle.
Hawkins eventually took the girls inside and said they were “pretty well unconscious.”
Nearly one day later, she decided to take them to a nearby hospital where she told doctors that the girls had passed out after sniffing a flower.
Doctors saw through the lie, but sadly the two girls were pronounced dead.
Hawkins has since been charged with two counts of child endangerment, but it is believed that the charge will be upgraded since the two girls died.
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