WEATHERFORD, TEXAS (REUTERS) - A Texas mother has been arrested for the deaths of her two toddlers, after they were left in a hot car as punishment while the woman smoked marijuana and took a nap.
Cynthia Randolph, 24, faces felony charges in the deaths of her two toddlers.
Authorities say she left her 16-month-old son and two-year-old daughter in a hot car in May to teach the older child a lesson while the mother smoked marijuana and took a nap.
Randolph had originally told investigators she had been folding laundry and watching TV in her Texas home while the boy and his sister played on the back porch.
After noticing the kids were missing, Randolph told officers she found them unresponsive in a locked car and broke a window to rescue them.
It was close to 35 deg C that day and emergency crews pronounced the children dead at the scene.
Authorities say Randolph repeatedly changed her story under questioning and recently told a Texas Ranger that, when she found the kids playing inside the car and they refused to get out, she shut to door to teach the older child a lesson, thinking the girl could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready.
Randolph said she then went inside, smoked marijuana and took a nap for two to three hours.
When she awoke and found the children unresponsive inside the car, investigators say she broke the window to make it look like an accident.