Woman allegedly ‘kills her toddlers by intentionally leaving them in hot car for 15 hours’.
A mother allegedly killed her two toddlers by intentionally leaving them in a hot car for more than 15 hours, police say.
Amanda Hawkins, 19, from Kerr County, Texas, allegedly left her children Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard -Eddy, 2, in the car overnight and ignored them even as they cried for hours.
The girls were unconscious and in ‘grave condition’ by the time Hawkins sent them to the hospital – a day after they’d been left in the car.
‘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.
Hawkins left her two daughters in the car on Tuesday night while she hang out with her friends inside a house nearby, according to a news release from the Kerr County Police Department.
When little Brynn and Addyson cried during the night, she ignored them even when her friends alerted her, the sheriff told KABB.
Her husband Isaac was apparently not present when she allegedly abandoned her kids.
At noon on Wednesday, the young mum finally took her kids out of the car and found them unconscious. Believing she would get into trouble, she decided not to report it, police say.
But after her friend convinced her Brynn and Addyson needed attention, she finally sent them to the hospital on Thursday.
When she arrived, she told doctors they had suddenly become unconscious after they smelled flowers at a local park.
Brynn and Addyson died at 5 pm, mere hours after they had arrived in the hospital.
Police investigated and questioned Hawkins before she confessed to leaving her children in the hot car.
She has been charged with two counts of abandoning or endangering a child, although police say these charges may be upgraded since the children died.
If she’s found guilty under the present charges, she could face up to two years in prison.