Texas mom charged after leaving toddlers to die in hot auto

Emmett Rice
June 10, 2017

A 19-year-old mother in Kerr County has been charged in the death of her two little girls, who investigators say were left in a auto for more than 15 hours.

Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said when the two children arrived at the medical center they were in "grave condition" and subsequently transferred to University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

A subsequent police investigation determined that the children had been left intentionally in a auto for a 15-hour period Tuesday night through midday Wednesday.

The girls died Thursday in San Antonio, Hierholzer said, who added the charges against Hawkins might be upgraded. Police spokesman Todd Wildermuth says the body was found Thursday afternoon and it is believed to be that of 30-year-old.

The sheriff said Hawkins first claimed the girls were at Flat Rock Park smelling flowers and when they were about ready to go, one collapsed, followed shortly after by the other. When Amanda went to check on her children the next day, she tried to bathe them.

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The Sheriff's Office said Hawkins and friends were inside a residence and she intentionally left her children in the vehicle overnight. "They were in the house all night".

While Hawkins attempted to convince doctors the children, both girls, had possibly ingested something poisonous, according to Fox 29, police later determined that she had waited for hours to get them medical help. The suspect did not take her children to the hospital immediately because she was afraid of getting into trouble.

Police investigated and questioned Hawkins before she confessed to leaving her children in the hot auto.

Hawkins was arrested in San Antonio and was being held in the Bexar County Jail before transfer to the Kerr County Jail. At the time of the press release, Hawkins was charged with two felony counts of abandoning or endangering a child.

A friend of Hawkins, Miriam Davis, who has known her since middle school, told KSAT 12 that she noticed Hawkins treating her children badly and regrets not calling Child Protection Services.

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