Authorities in North Texas have arrested a 25-year-old woman for the deaths a month ago of her two children found in a hot vehicle outside their home.
"When they refused to exit, Randolph told police she shut the vehicle door to teach Juliet a lesson, thinking she could get herself and her brother out of the auto when ready", a probable cause affidavit for the incident stated.
She went inside, smoked marijuana, and took a nap for around three hours, on a day where temperatures reached the mid-30s.
Randolph is in the county jail facing two felony charges of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, the sheriff's office said.More news: Obama readied USA for 'cyberwarfare' against Russian Federation after hearing of election interference
At about 12:15 p.m., Randolph said she had found her children playing inside her auto and ordered them to come out, police said. She says she thought they'd be able to get themselves out, so she went back to inside to smoke weed and fell asleep for hours.
She has been jailed and no bail has been set.
Authorities were called to the home at about 4 p.m. when the mother said she had discovered them unresponsive in the auto. She looked into the room they had been playing and noticed they were "gone". She told responders she'd been folding laundry while her children played outside.
Investigators said she has changed her story multiple times, including once where she broke a auto window to make the incident look like an accident.More news: No Ban: Animal Activists Say China's Yulin Dog Meat Festival is Back
Medics pronounced both children dead at the scene, authorities said. The children were unresponsive and Randolph said she broke a window to gain entry. Randolph stated she spent the next 30 to 40 minutes searching for her children, the release said. Randolph claimed she broke a window in an effort to get to the children, later identified by Tarrant county medical examiner's office as Juliet and Cavanaugh Ramirez. This bill requires all new cars to come equipped with a device that alerts the owner of the vehicle if the child is left behind after the auto is shut off.
During multiple interviews, however, Randolph's account of what happened kept changing, officials said.
Fowler said that any incidents involving any child are hard ones, but this call was especially heartbreaking because of the unfortunate deaths of the two children.More news: US Rep Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'