Monday 20 November 2017

Mum left two toddlers to die in hot car because she was 'trying to discipline them'

Cynthia Marie Randolph (24) from Texas left her two-year-old daughter, Juliet and her one-year-old son, Cavanaugh, in a locked car in the driveway of her home
Cynthia Marie Randolph (24) from Texas left her two-year-old daughter, Juliet and her one-year-old son, Cavanaugh, in a locked car in the driveway of her home

Zainab Boladale

A mother left her two children to die in a car because she was trying to discipline them.

Cynthia Marie Randolph (24) from Texas left her two-year-old daughter, Juliet and her one-year-old son, Cavanaugh, in a locked car in the driveway of her home outside of Fort Worth on May 26, police said.

“When they refused to leave the car, the defendant said she shut the door to teach Juliet a lesson, thinking she could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready,” authorities said in the probable cause affidavit.

The mum had smoked marijuana and fell asleep for several hours leaving the two toddlers in the car where temperatures climbed to 96 degrees.

The toddlers died in the car.

According to documents from the Parker County Sheriff’s Department, the mum initially told the police that she had made an attempt to save her children.

She claimed she was folding laundry inside her house and thought the kids were playing outside.

She apparently discovered the two locked in the car 30 minutes later, along with her keys and cellphone.

She told the police that in trying to save them, she broke the window and called 911.

The police said it was later she admitted to locking the children inside the car on purpose.

“When she woke, the defendant found her children in her vehicle, unresponsive,” authorities added. “The defendant said that she broke the car window to make it look like an accident”.

She was charged with two first-degree felony counts of causing injury to a child.

San Jose State University professor Jan Null, who works with the National Safety Council, has said that up to 13 children have died this year from heat strokes after being left in hot cars.

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