WEATHERFORD, Texas — Autopsies show two North Texas toddlers died of heatstroke after, investigators say, their mother allegedly left them in her hot car for several hours to teach them a lesson.
A medical examiner determined the deaths of 2-year-old Juliet Ramirez and 1-year-old Cavanaugh Ramirez of Weatherford were homicides.
Parker County records show the mother, Cynthia Randolph, was arrested in June on injury to a child counts and remains jailed. Investigators didn’t immediately return a message.
Officials say Randolph originally said her children locked themselves in her car. Temperatures were in the 90s.
An arrest affidavit says Randolph later said her daughter refused to get out of the car so she locked both toddlers inside to teach them a lesson — thinking they’d exit on their own.
In New Mexico last week, a mother and daughter who are day care workers were indicted on felony charges stemming from the death of a 1-year-old girl left in a hot car and the injury of another female toddler.
The indictment charged Mary Taylor, 62, and Sandi Taylor, 31, both of Portales, N.M., with first-degree child abuse resulting in death and first-degree child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, prosecutors said Friday.
A previously released police affidavit for an arrest warrant said the children were left in a car when the Taylors returned from lunch at a park with another group of children.