19-year-old Amanda Hawkins, a mother of two, was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday and faces two counts of child endangerment, RAW Story reports. Authorities said Friday Amanda’s toddlers died Thursday after their mother intentionally left them in a hot car for more than 15 hours.
On Thursday, Hawkins and her unidentified 16-year-old male friend took the children to Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville. However, the toddlers were found to be in “grave condition” and were immediately transferred to the University Hospital in San Antonio, a news release from the Sheriff’s office said. Hawkins told the doctors her children had been smelling flowers and thus might have come in contact with some poisonous object.
On Friday, the Sheriff’s office said Hawkins’ was lying and she had left the girls in her car for over 15 hours while she was at a friend’s place.
Investigators said that the mother left her children in the car on Tuesday night, while she was visiting a friend’s house and did not return to them until about noon on Wednesday. Temperatures went as high as the 90s on Wednesday morning, Hierholzer told Fox 29 in San Antonio. The sheriff however has not mentioned the exact cause of the deaths.
Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, were declared dead at the University Hospital in San Antonio around 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, the news release said.
Amanda’s bond has been set at $35,000 for each count she has been charged with, officers said. Hawkins is now being held at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center in San Antonio, and is expected to be transferred to Kerr County, the sheriff’s office said. Read more at RAW STORY.