Texas mom charged after leaving toddlers to die in hot auto

Amanda Hawkins, was arrested on Thursday and has been indicted with two counts of child abandonment

Amanda Hawkins, was arrested on Thursday and has been indicted with two counts of child abandonment

Two toddlers are dead after authorities in Texas say their mother intentionally left them inside of a vehicle for more than 15 hours as she hung out with friends on Tuesday night.

The girls were unconscious and in "grave condition" by the time Hawkins sent them to the hospital on Wednesday - a day after they'd been left in the vehicle.

Officials say they later determined that Hawkins had left the children in her auto for 15 hours while she visited friends at a nearby residence - leaving them overnight from Tuesday until approximately noon on Wednesday. She was taken to the Bexar County Jail following her arrest and will remain there until her transfer back to Kerr County.

KSAT-TV in San Antonio reported that the charges against Hawkins could be upgraded after the findings of the case are presented to a grand jury, Hierholzer said. Hierholzer went on to say that this was the most horrifying example of child endangerment he has seen in 37 years in law enforcement. Hawkins told hospital staff that she and her children had been at Flat Rock Lake and the children were smelling flowers when they collapsed.

A 19-year-old Texas mother is in jail accused of causing the death of her daughters by leaving the two toddlers in a hot auto for more than 15 hours. The sheriff said their records showed "no history" with Hawkins but that investigators determined it was not the first time she had left the children in a auto. The children were immediately sent to San Antonio's University Hospital.

Two Kerr County toddlers die after being left in car
Texas mom charged after leaving toddlers to die in hot car

She said, "No, they're fine".

"One of them even told her they could hear the kids crying out in the auto and told her to bring them in", Hierholzer told KSAT. Temperatures in the area were in the 80s on Wednesday, suggesting that it was even hotter inside the auto during those afternoon hours.

She was held Friday in lieu of bonds totaling $70,000.

Hawkins faces two charges of abandoning and endangering.

"It unraveled pretty quickly", the sheriff told Fox 29. Police spokesman Todd Wildermuth says the body was found Thursday afternoon and it is believed to be that of 30-year-old. All 711 deaths were preventable and Amanda Hawkins' daughters are now counted as part of the alarmingly large statistic from just the United States alone.

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