Authorities in North Texas have arrested a 25-year-old woman for the deaths a month ago of her two children found in a hot auto outside their home.
A Texas mother was arrested on Friday after her two children died due to being left in a hot auto last month.
Randolph initially told cops she found two-year-old Juliet and 16-month-old Cavanaugh passed out in the locked vehicle outside their home near Lake Weatherford, so she smashed the window to get them out. She told police her kids were not in the auto for more than an hour. According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, temperatures reached 96 degrees that day.
Twenty-four-year-old Cynthia Marie Randolph was jailed Friday on two counts of causing serious bodily harm to a child. She said when she noticed they were no longer there, she went looking for them and found them about a half-hour later locked in the vehicle. She said she thought her daughter could get herself and her brother out when ready.
Randolph initially reported the children entered the vehicle on their own and had locked themselves inside, authorities said.
Randolph said she went back into the house, smoked marijuana and took a nap for two or three hours, the complaint states.
Medics pronounced both children dead at the scene, authorities said.
She then told officers that she had to break a window and rescue the children, then called 911, authorities said. Police say she admitted she left her kids in the vehicle to "teach them a lesson".
Parker County Sheriff's Capt. Mark Arnett told CNN that according to the mother, the children were playing in a back room of their home when they disappeared.
Randolph has been jailed and no bail has been set.
The Texas mom is now in custody at Park County Jail.
Investigators have since told of the Randolph's story changing several times.
A ruling on the cause and manner of death in each child is pending, according to the medical examiner's website.