Texas toddlers died after being left in car overnight, sheriff says

  • Texas toddlers died after being left in car overnight, sheriff says

Texas toddlers died after being left in car overnight, sheriff says

Two young sisters died after after their mother intentionally left them in a auto for more than 15 hours, Texas authorities said Friday.

However, Hierholzer said, investigators determined Hawkins had left her two children, 1-year-old Brynn Hawkins and 2-year-old Addyson Overgard-Eddy, intentionally inside a vehicle Tuesday overnight and until Wednesday around noon while Hawkins "and other friends were inside a residence".

Police said she had originally told them the children fell unconscious after smelling flowers but later confessed she had left them in her auto for at least 15 hours.

The sheriff said Hawkins first claimed the girls were at Flat Rock Park smelling flowers and when they were about ready to go, one collapsed, followed shortly after by the other. The initial false report could be held against her if the state decides to upgrade any charges brought against Hawkins. According to the news release, both girls passed away in that hospital at around 5 p.m. on Thursday.

She tried the bathe them, the sheriff said, but fearing she would get into trouble did not seek medical help immediately.

Kerr County Sheriff WR Hierholzer told CNN, the children had actually been locked inside a vehicle from Tuesday night until Wednesday noon, while the mother and the 16-year-old male were at a friends' residence.

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     HEARTBREAKING Brynn one died after being left in the car in 33C heat
FACEBOOK HEARTBREAKING Brynn one died after being left in the car in 33C heat

Hawkins has been arrested in San Antonio, and is now in the Bexar County Jail before being transferred to the Kerr County Jail.

Hawkins did eventually taken them to doctors but the toddlers died on Thursday.

Kerrville is 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio.

KSAT 12 reports that Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, died Thursday evening at University Hospital in San Antonio, of heat stroke, after their mother, 19-year-old Amanda Hawkins, reportedly left them inside a locked auto intentionally. Ms Hawkins' husband was reportedly not present during the incident. Hierholzer told the Current he's certain Hawkins knew what she was doing. 'I don't agree with what happened, what she did, but I love my daughter.

'I hesitated for so long because I didn't want her kids in the system, ' she told the station. She bathed them and changed their clothes.

An autopsy into the cause of deaths of the toddler girls had been set for Friday.