Deaths of 2 Texas toddlers left in hot car ruled homicides

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.

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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.

Associated Press