Two young sisters passed on after their mother purposefully left them in a car for over 15 hours, Texas authorities said on Friday.
The kids’ mom, Amanda Hawkins, 19, was accused of twice abandoning or imperilling a kid, Kerr County Sheriff said in a news release.
Hawkins and a 16-year-old male companion at first took the youngsters to Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrsville, but the young girls were observed to be in “grave condition” and were admitted to the University Hospital in San Antonio, the release said.
Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, dies at the hospital around 5 p.m. Thursday, the release said.
Experts became suspicious after Hawkins told clinic staff that she, the 16-year-old and the two kids had been at a nearby lake, where the girls smelled flowers before they collapsed.
“They thought maybe they’d gotten into something poisonous — that’s what their story was,” Hierholzer told CNN partner KABB.
The investigators with the Kerr County Sheriff’s office and Kerrville Police decided the kids had been left inside their mother’s vehicle for 15 hours – from Tuesday night until twelve Wednesday – while she and a 16-year-old male companion hung out with different companions inside a residense, the release said.
The sheriff didn’t state what caused the passings, but revealed to CNN associate KABB that temperatures ventured into the 90s amid the day on Wednesday.
“She left them in the car — intentionally in the car — while her and the 16-year-old male friend were in the house,” the sheriff told KABB. “They were in the house all night. The male friend for a little bit went to sleep in the car a little while but then went back to the house.”
People inside the house reported hearing the children crying but nobody went to check, he said to KABB.