TEXAS –– A 19 year old mother, Amanda Hawkins allegedly left her two young children in the car overnight on Tuesday and ignored them for more than 15 hours, according to police.
One-year-old Brynn Hawkins, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2-years-old, were unconscious and in “grave condition” by the time Hawkins took them to the hospital the day after they’d been left in the car.
Kerr County Sheriff Hierholzer called it “by far the most horrific case of child endangerment that I have seen in the 37 years that I have been in law enforcement.”
Hawkins put her two little daughters in the car at around 9pm and then proceeded to hang out with a 16-year-old male friend and others at a house nearby, according to a news release from the Kerr County Police Department.
When the two little girls cried during the night, Hawkins ignored them even though her friends had told her they were crying, the sheriff told reporters, noting that Hawkins’s male friend slept in the car for a while during the night but did not take the children out.
Hawkins’ husband Isaac was nowhere to be found while the kids were abandoned in the car.
Hawkins finally took the little girls out of the car at noon on Wednesday, but with the temperature hitting 92 degrees that day, both children were unconscious. Hawkins became fearful of the repercussions of her actions, so she decided not to report it, but her male friend eventually convinced her to take Brynn and Addyson to the Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrsville, on Thursday.
They were transferred to the University Hospital in San Antonio where they were pronounced dead at 5pm. Their mother initially lied to doctors, claiming that the children had suddenly become unconscious after they smelled flowers at a local park. She finally confessed to police that she had left them in the hot car and was arrested.
Currently held on $70,000 bond, Hawkins is charged with two counts of abandoning or endangering a child, although police say these charges may be upgraded since the children died.
Hawkins’ friend Miriam Davis told reporters that she had noticed Hawkins treating her children badly and regrets not calling Child Protection Services. “I hesitated for so long because I didn’t want her kids in the system,” she said. “But I didn’t know they would die.”
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