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

Cynthia Marie Randolph 25

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 auto last month to teach them a lesson.

The suspect allegedly told her children, 16-month-old Cavanaugh Ramirez and 2-year-old Juliet Ramirez, to get out of the vehicle and they refused.

Temperatures reached approximately 96 degrees that day.

A Weatherford, Texas mother, Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, was arrested by the police in Parker County on first-degree felony counts for injury to children after she allegedly left her two children in a hot vehicle on May 26 to punish them, while she went inside her residence, smoked marijuana and took a nap.

A chilling confession from a Parker County mom who says she left her kids in a hot auto to "teach them a lesson".

Randolph then went inside and smoked marijuana before falling asleep for two or three hours. After searching the home, the mother found them playing in the vehicle. She was booked into the Parker County Jail. Randolph implicated herself again when she told investigators she later broke the auto window to make it look like an accident. The children were pronounced dead at 4:33 p.m. She said about 20 to 30 minutes had passed when she realized her kids were "gone". A sheriff's spokeswoman did not immediately return a call Saturday afternoon, and jail records do not list an attorney for Randolph.

The children were identified as 1-year old Cavanaugh Ramirez, and 2-year old Juliet Ramirez.

When she woke, she went to check on the children and found them unresponsive. Randolph told authorities that the children entered the vehicle on their own and had locked themselves inside.

In multiple interviews, officials say Randolph created several variations of the events.

Randolph told investigators she later broke the auto window to make it look like an accident, officials said.

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