Texas toddlers die after left in auto by mom for 15 hours

2 Texas toddlers died after being left in car overnight sheriff says

2 Texas toddlers died after being left in car overnight sheriff says

Authorities say while her children were in the auto for more than 15 hours, she was inside a home with her friends.

"This is by far the most horrific case of child endangerment that I have seen in the 37 years that I have been in law enforcement", said a Texas sheriff Friday in announcing the arrest of a 19-year-old mother whose toddler girls died after being left overnight in a hot vehicle.

Hawkins returned to the SUV around noon and attempted to bathe her girls before deciding to take them to the hospital.

Police said she had originally told them the children fell unconscious after smelling flowers but later confessed she had left them in her vehicle for at least 15 hours.

Hierholzer said in the news release that people in the house had reported hearing the two children crying, but that no one had checked up on them. However, police said the charges could be upgraded due to the girls' deaths.

Both girls died around 5 p.m. on June 8 in San Antonio, Hierholzer said.

Mary Walker, a spokesperson for the state's Child Protective Services, confirmed the agency investigated Amanda Hawkins and her husband, Isaac Hawkins, Brynn's father, in September past year, but said she couldn't discuss any details or the outcome of that investigation.

A 19-year-old woman in Kerr County is accused of leaving her two infant girls inside a vehicle for 15 hours, leading to their deaths, authorities said Friday.

Hawkins was arrested in San Antonio and was being held on $70,000 bail.

When Hawkins showed up at the hospital with her daughter, she also had a 16-year-old male acquaintance with her. According to Fox San Antonio, someone talked her into taking them to a hospital.

If found guilty under the present charges, Hawkins could face up to two years in prison.

Hawkins is seen in the photo above with her husband, Isaac (right), and their daughter, Brynn.

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 regretting not calling Child Protection Services.

"I guess I just hesitated for so long. She didn't know if maybe they'd ingested or touched a poisonous flower".

Autopsies were scheduled for Friday.

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