Two children dead after allegedly locking themselves in hot car

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Two young Texas children died Friday after allegedly locking themselves in a hot car.

Parker County Sheriff’s investigators reported being called to a home west of Lake Weatherford shortly after 4 p.m.

The children have been identified by the medical examiner as Cavanaugh Ramirez, a 16-month-old boy, and 2-year-old Juliet Ramirez.

The mother of the children told officials from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office that the children had been playing in a back room, and she had been checking on them periodically. When she looked in on them around 4 p.m., they were no longer in the room. She reported searching her house and property and discovering her two children in the front seat of the car where they had locked themselves inside.

Temperatures in the area reached approximately 96 degrees Friday.

“Whenever she found them inside the car, she said one of the kids had actually gotten her cell phone and the car keys and had them in their hand and locked themselves in,” said Capt. Mark Arnett.

Authorities believe a lengthy investigation will ensue, and will not speculate whether anyone will face charges related to the incident.

“This case is in the early stages of the investigation,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said. “Any comment regarding this case at this time would be an assumption until all of the facts are gathered.”

Sheriff Fowler noted that incidents involving children are always difficult, but said this occurrence was especially heartbreaking.

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