Amanda Hawkins, 19, from Kerr County, Texas, has been placed under arrest after leaving her two children in a hot car, where temperatures reached over 90F, for more than 15 hours… while she went to hang out at a friend’s house, police say. She then waited a day to take the toddlers to the hospital, where they passed away.
“This is by far the most horrific case of child endangerment that I have seen in the 37 years that I have been in law enforcement,” Kerr County Sheriff Hierholzer said in a statement.
When little Brynn and Addyson, the daughters, began to cry, Hawkins entirely ignored them, according to friends of hers that were witnesses.
The Daily Mail reports:
The sheriff also said Hawkins’s male friend slept for a while in the car during the night but did not take the children out.
Her husband Isaac was apparently not present when she allegedly abandoned her kids.
The young mom finally took her kids out of the car at noon on Wednesday – when the temperature in Texas was as high as 92 degrees -, and found them unconscious.
Believing she would get into trouble, she decided not to report it, police say.
But after her male friend convinced her Brynn and Addyson needed medical attention, she finally sent them to the Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrsville, on Thursday.
Their condition was so bad they had to be transferred to the University Hospital in San Antonio, more than an hour drive away.
Brynn and Addyson died at 5pm, mere hours after they had arrived in the hospital.
She had initially told doctors they had suddenly become unconscious after they smelled flowers at a local park.
Police investigated and questioned Hawkins before she confessed to leaving her children in the hot car.
She was arrested on Thursday and has been charged with two counts of abandoning or endangering a child, although police say these charges may be upgraded since the children died. She is being held on $70,000 bond.
If she’s found guilty under the present charges, she could face up to two years in prison.