(CNN)– 2 young sisters passed away after their mom purposefully left them in a vehicle for more than 15 hours, Texas authorities stated Friday.
The girls’ mother, Amanda Hawkins, 19, was accuseded of 2 counts of abandoning or endangering a child, Kerr County Sheriff W.R. “Rusty” Hierholzer said in a news release.
Hawkins and a 16-year-old male good friend at first took the children to Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville, but the women were found to be in “grave condition” and moved to University Medical facility in San Antonio, the release said.
Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, died there about 5 p.m. Thursday, the release said.
Authorities became suspicious after Hawkins informed hospital workers that she, the 16-year-old and the 2 kids had actually been at a nearby lake, where the ladies smelled flowers prior to collapsing, the news release stated.
“They believed perhaps they ‘d gotten into something toxic– that’s what their story was,” Hierholzer told CNN affiliate KABB.
Private investigators with the Kerr County Sheriff’s Workplace and Kerrville police identified the children really had actually been left inside their mother’s automobile for 15 hours– from Tuesday night up until noon Wednesday– while she and a 16-year-old male good friend hung out with other friends inside a residence, the release stated.
The constable didn’t say what triggered the deaths, but informed KABB that temperatures reached into the 90s throughout the day on Wednesday.
“She left them in the vehicle– deliberately in the cars and truck– while her and the 16-year-old male friend were in the house,” the constable said. “They were in the house all night. The male good friend for a bit went to sleep in the vehicle a bit but then went back to your house.”
Individuals inside the house reported hearing the kids crying however no one went to check, he said to KABB.
The kids were unconscious when Hawkins took them out of the car around twelve noon Wednesday, the sheiff said.
She tried to shower them however didn’t right away take them to the healthcare facility because she “did not wish to enter trouble,” inning accordance with the press release.
Her story rapidly unraveled under questioning, the sheriff said.
Charges against her might be upgraded after the case goes to a grand jury, the sheriff told KABB, and the 16-year-old male may face charges.
“This is by far the most dreadful case of child endangerment that I have actually seen in the 37 years that I have remained in police,” Hierholzer, said.
Hawkins was jailed in San Antonio and was being held in the Bexar County Prison prior to transfer to the Kerr County Jail. Kerrville is located about 65 miles northwest of San Antonio.
Autopsies were set up for Friday.
Another set of young children– a 2-year-old girl and a 16-month-old young boy– passed away Might 26 in Parker County, west of Fort Worth, in exactly what appeared to be a hot car occurrence.
Parker County Sheriff’s Capt. Mark Arnett informed CNN that inning accordance with the mother, the kids were playing in a back room of their house when they disappeared. After browsing the home, the mom began looking outdoors, where she eventually found them locked inside the vehicle.
No charges have actually been submitted yet in that case.
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