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Authorities: Texas mom left 2 kids in hot car as punishment

Parker County Mother Charged in Deaths of Children Found in Hot Car

Authorities also claim that Randolph admits to leaving her children behind in the auto, while she smoked marijuana and passed out for a few hours.

"No more than an hour", she immediately said.

Randolph was charged Friday with two first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

During multiple interviews, however, Randolph's account of what happened kept changing, officials said.

A Texas mother faces first-degree felony charges in the deaths of her 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son after police say she locked them inside a sweltering vehicle last month to teach them a lesson. Officials said one of the kids refused to get out of the auto, so she shut the door to teach her daughter "a lesson", thinking they could get themselves out of the vehicle. But her account of that day changed over the course of several interviews with investigators until she acknowledged on Friday that she left them in the auto intentionally, the Parker County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

"When they refused to exit, Randolph told police she shut the auto door to teach Juliet a lesson, thinking she could get herself and her brother out of the vehicle when ready", a probable cause affidavit for the incident stated.

The children were pronounced dead about a half-hour after authorities were notified.

Ms. Randolph was booked into the Parker County Jail on Friday. She told investigators that she found the kids playing in the auto and when the 2-year-old refused to get out, she shut the door to teach her a lesson, thinking her daughter could get herself and her brother out of the vehicle when ready. A bond has not been set, and we don't know whether or not she's hired an attorney.

It happened May 26 in Parker County when the mother found her children playing inside the auto, according to the Parker County Sheriff's Office.

Randolph told investigators that she believed the toddlers could get out of the vehicle. Authorities later determined that the children died from extreme heat exposure. Heatstroke begins when the body temperature reaches 104 degrees. She said approximately 20 to 30 minutes had passed when she realized she had not heard the children.

Subsequent interviews, during which Randolph "created several variations of the events which led to the death of her children", led to her arrest, the sheriff's department said.

Less than a month after the tragedy, Randolph has been arrested after her original explanation for her children's deaths unraveled.

Sheriff Fowler originally said on May 26, that any incidents involving any child are hard ones, but this call was especially heartbreaking with the unfortunate deaths of the two children.