Texas mom says she locked 2 kids in hot car, killing them

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She called police, saying she found the children unresponsive.

On May 26, the news release said, Randolph found the children playing in the vehicle around 12:15 p.m.

Randolph was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree injury to a child causing serious bodily injury in Weathorford, Texas.

Authorities said Randolph initially told officers that she had been folding laundry in the house while her children played outside.

In multiple interviews, officials say Randolph created several variations of the events.

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Randolph initially told cops she found two-year-old Juliet and 16-month-old Cavanaugh passed out in the locked auto outside their home near Lake Weatherford, so she smashed the window to get them out. Randolph then told investigators she went into her home, smoked marijuana and went to sleep for two to three hours. Temperatures in the area had reportedly hit 96 degrees outside the day Randolph's children died inside her vehicle.

"Please send a thank you to [the] Parker County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers from the Ramirez family", the children's father said in a statement to CBS DFW. A bond had not been set and it wasn't immediately clear whether she retained an attorney, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

Randolph initially told police the children, 1-year old Cavanaugh Ramirez and 2-year old Juliet Ramirez, had locked themselves in the vehicle.

Thirteen children left in vehicles have died of heat stroke this year, and 713 have died since 1998, according to the NoHeatStroke.org website maintained by Jan Null, a meteorology lecturer at San Jose State University in California. Randolph eventually admitted she broke the window of the vehicle to make it look like an accident, according to WFAA. She looked into the room they had been playing and noticed they were "gone". The Tarrant County medical examiner's office has not yet ruled on the manner and cause of each child's death.

Fowler said that any incidents involving any child are hard ones, but this call was especially heartbreaking because of the unfortunate deaths of the two children.

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