Texas mother left kids in hot auto as punishment, authorities say

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A 24-year-old mother has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of injury to a child after her two young children were found dead in a hot auto.

Randolph is facing two first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

At first, when Cynthia Marie Randolph called the police, she told them that the children had been playing in a back room of the house while she attended to housework, and that they had somehow slipped away and locked themselves in the auto.

It says that "throughout multiple interviews, Randolph created several variations of the events which led to the death of her children".

Two Texas toddlers died after their mother got angry at them for playing in the vehicle and left them inside it to teach them a lesson, deputies say.

Later that day, after Randolph smoked cannabis and slept for two or three hours, she called the police after she discovered her children in the vehicle.

At the time, the temperature outside was hovering around 96 degrees.

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According to records, Randolph is now held at the Parker County Jail on a bond of $200,000.

She confessed to police she had smashed the vehicle windows to make it seem as if they had locked themselves inside and she was trying to help them, as she previously claimed.

While many parents have accidentally left their children in hot cars that have resulted in their deaths, this case may prove to be problematic for prosecutors.

Randolph had originally told investigators she had been folding laundry and watching TV in her Texas home while the boy and his sister played on the back porch. Authorities say that the suspect admitted to locking the toddlers inside her vehicle on goal to teach them a lesson. She said that she broke the window in an attempt to rescue her children and called 911.

The children were pronounced dead shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Bond has not been set for Randolph, who is being held at Park County Jail.