Mom Who Locked Toddlers In Hot Car To Teach Them Lesson Sentenced To 20 Years

A young woman has been indicted on charges in relation to the death of her two children. The Texas mother initially gave police several different stories before she finally admitted to police that she locked the children in a hot car in the middle of the day as a form of punishment.

She said her toddler didn't follow an order quickly enough, so she left the kids in the car while she went inside to smoke pot and take a nap.

Cynthia Marie Randolph called police on May 26 after finding her two children unresponsive in her car. Temperatures in Texas reached nearly 100 degrees that day, and the children were found dead on arrival. Heat stroke was later ruled as the cause of death.

Randolph first told police that she was doing housework when she noticed her kids, 2-year-old Juliet and 16-month-old Cavanaugh, had gone missing. She says she searched for the two children all over the home and in the yard.

She found them unresponsive in the car, telling officers her daughter must have managed to open the door.

As police continued to question Randolph, she gave several different variations of the story. Officers were not buying it and put the mother through several interviews in attempts to get the story straight.

The young mother finally admitted to police that she left the kids in the car. On that hot day, she arrived home with the kids and told her daughter to get out. When Juliet didn't get out of the car quickly enough, Randolph slammed the door on her and left the kids in the car to 'teach them a lesson'.

Randolph went inside the house and smoked marijuana, and then took a nap for approximately two to three hours. When she woke up, she finally went back out to look for the kids. She found them still sitting in the locked car, unresponsive.

Randolph later admitted to police in interviews that she broke the car window with a rock as part of the staging to corroborate her initial story about the kids sneaking into the car on their own.

Randolph also told police that she never intended the kids to be stuck in the car, nor did she intend for them to die. She left them in the car because she thought her daughter would be able to get the car door open and help her little brother out if they got too hot. According to reports, the little girl was unable to open the door.

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

“The culpable mental state required for first-degree-felony injury to a child is that the defendant knowingly engaged in conduct that was reasonably certain to cause serious bodily injury or death. By comparison, to prove a murder or capital murder, it must be proven that the defendant specifically intended to cause the death of the child,” explained Parker County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain.

Bail has been set at $200,000, but has not yet been posted. If convicted, she could be sentenced to life in prison.

Update: Randolph was given the maximum sentence of two 20-year prison terms that she will serve simultaneously.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Parker County Sheriff's Office, Facebook

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