Mom Arrest-Child Deaths story

Jackie Newman
June 25, 2017

After noticing the children were missing, Randolph told officers she found them unresponsive in a locked auto and broke a window to rescue them.

She said that about 12:15 p.m. that day, she had found the children playing inside the auto and ordered her daughter out of the vehicle, using profanity.

Police said Randolph changed her story several times before admitting fault in her the kids' tragic deaths.

The two young children - a 2-year-old girl and a 16-month-old boy - were found dead in Parker County, Texas on May 26.

Police say during the investigation she admitted she left her kids in the auto to "teach them a lesson.". According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, temperatures reached 96 degrees that day.

Ms. Randolph was booked into the Parker County Jail on Friday.

When the deputies initially spoke to Randolph, she told them she was busy folding laundry and watching television and they were playing in the enclosed back porch when she saw they had disappeared.

Thirteen children left in vehicles have died of heat stroke this year, and 713 have died since 1998, according to the website maintained by Jan Null, a meteorology lecturer at San Jose State University in California.

She then fell asleep for hours. A sheriff's spokeswoman did not immediately return a call Saturday afternoon, and jail records do not list an attorney for Randolph. After searching the home, the mother found them playing in the vehicle. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office has not yet ruled on the manner and cause of each child's death.

When detectives were first called to the home west of Lake Weatherford on May 26, Randolph spun a different tale. After she found both children unresponsive, Randolph claimed she broke a window of the vehicle to gain entry in an attempt to save the children.

Sheriff Fowler originally said on May 26, that any incidents involving any child are hard ones, but this call was especially heartbreaking with the unfortunate deaths of the two children.

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