Mother arrested in Texas over the death of her two Girls Allegedly Left Them in Hot Car Intentionally for 15 Hours
A 19-year-old Texas woman has been arrested on two charges of abandoning or endangering a child after her two toddler daughters died from what authorities believe to be the results of being left in hot SVU for 15 hours.
Amanda Hawkins was arrested in San Antonio and is currently being held on $35,000 bond per count, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Friday.
According to cops, the young mother first brought her two daughters —Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2 — to Peterson Regional Medical Center in “grave condition” on Wednesday, claiming the girls had collapsed after smelling flowers during an outing at Flat Rock Park.
Officials say they later determined that Hawkins had left the children in her car for 15 hours while she visited friends at a nearby residence — leaving them overnight from Tuesday until approximately noon on Wednesday.
According to local weather reports, temperatures dipped to 60 degrees overnight before climbing to the high 90s on Wednesday. Humidity topped out at 96 percent.
Upon discovering the girls unconscious in the car, Hawkins attempted to bath them — not immediately wanting to take the girls to the hospital for fear of getting into trouble.
“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,” Sheriff W.R. “Rusty” Hierholzer said in the press release, adding that charges could be upgraded after the case is presented to a grand jury.
Hawkins was accompanied to the Peterson Regional Medical Center by an unidentified 16-year-old male, whom had allegedly been with her in the house at the time her daughters were in the car.
“She left them in the car — intentionally in the car — while her and the 16-year-old male friend were in the house,” Hierholzer told KABB. “They were in the house all night. The male friend for a little bit went to sleep in the car a little while but then went back to the house.”
According to KABB, Hireholzer added that people inside the house had reported hearing the children crying, but nobody went to check.
Brynn and Addyson were transferred to University Hospital in San Antonio where they both died on Thursday, according to police.
Autopsies by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office were scheduled for Friday, results of which have yet to be announced.