Authorities: Texas mom left 2 kids in hot car as punishment

This undated booking photo provided by Parker County, Texas, sheriff’s office shows Cynthia Marie Randolph. Randolph told investigators that she left her 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son in a hot car where they died May 26 , 2017, to teach the girl a lesson, and that they didn’t lock themselves in, as she initially said, according to sheriff’s officials. Randolph was being held Saturday, June 24, 2017 on two counts of causing serious bodily injury to a child. (Parker County, Texas, sheriff’s office via AP)

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) – Authorities say a Texas woman told investigators that she left her 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son in the hot car where they died last month to teach the girl a lesson, and that they didn’t lock themselves in, as she initially said.

Twenty-four-year-old Cynthia Marie Randolph was jailed Friday on two counts of causing serious bodily harm to a child.

Parker County sheriff’s officials say she told investigators Friday that she found the kids playing in the car May 26 and then closed the door and left them inside when the 2-year-old refused to come out.

She acknowledged going back into the home west of Fort Worth, smoking marijuana and then napping for two or three hours.

Temperatures reached the mid-90s that day.

Online jail records don’t list an attorney for her.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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