Two young sisters died after after their mother intentionally left them in a car for more than 15 hours, Cauthorities said Friday.
The girls’ mother, Amanda Hawkins, 19, was charged with two counts of abandoning or endangering a child, Kerr County Sheriff W.R. “Rusty” Hierholzer said in a news release.
Hawkins and a 16-year-old male friend initially took the children to Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrsville, but the girls were found to be in “grave condition” and transferred to the University Hospital in San Antonio, the release said.
Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, died there around 5 p.m. Thursday, the release said.
Authorities became suspicious after Hawkins told hospital personnel that she, the 16-year-old and the two children had been at a nearby lake, where the girls smelled flowers before collapsing, the news release said.
“They thought maybe they’d gotten into something poisonous — that’s what their story was,” Hierholzer told CNN affiliate KABB.
Investigators with the Kerr County Sheriff’s office and Kerrville Police determined the children actually had been left inside their mother’s vehicle for 15 hours — from Tuesday night until noon Wednesday — while she and a 16-year-old male friend hung out with other friends inside a residence, the release said.
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SOURCE: CNN, Ralph Ellis and Tina Burnside