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Mum locked toddlers in hot car to ‘teach them a lesson’

The already horrifying story has taken a sinister turn.
Parker County, Texas Sheriff's Dept.

The mother of two toddlers who died after being locked in a hot car has been accused of doing it on purpose as punishment.

Last month, Cynthia Marie Randolph was arrested after 2-year-old Juliet and 16-month-old Cavanaugh died while trapped in an overheating car. Now, a press release from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office has revealed Randolph intentionally locked the two children in the car as punishment.

Randolph first claimed that the pair were playing on the porch and locked themselves in the car, where she found them unresponsive and smashed a window to get to them.

Later, she told investigators that she had found them playing in the car and they refused to get out. So to teach them a lesson she shut the door, but believed he daughter knew how to get out of the car

She then allegedly went inside the house and napped for several hours before returning and finding the children unresponsive. The temperature that day was in the mid-30s, causing heat the inside of the closed car to build and cause organ failure leading to death.

According to figures from Kidspot, on a 32 degree day it can take as little as 5 minutes for temperatures to reach 65 degrees. Exposure to temperatures of over 40 degrees is enough to cause serious brain and kidney damage, which can prove fatal.

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