Tragic death: Mom arrested for leaving her kids in hot car to ‘teach a lesson’

Image via Parker County Sheriff's Office

A Texas mother has been charged in the deaths of her two children after she allegedly left them in a hot car as a punishment while she smoked marijuana and took some sleep.

Cynthia Randolph, 25, was charged with two counts of first-degree injury to a child causing serious harm. The police stated that she was trying “to teach her 2-year-old daughter a lesson” for not getting out of the car,  CNN reported.

Randolph allegedly left her 16-month-old son in his car seat along with her daughter and told them to get out when they are ready.

Temperatures reached approximately 96 degrees that day.

Randolph claimed she went into the house to smoke marijuana and took a three-hour nap. The 25-year-old mother believed that her kids would exit the car on their own.

When she woke up, she couldn’t find her children anywhere in the house.

In a moment of panic, Randolph, finding her children still inside the vehicle, broke the car window to make it look like an accident before law enforcement arrived on the scene, the police said.

According to Fox 4 News, Randolph changed her story multiple times, which made it difficult for them to figure out what really happened.

Randolph is charged with two first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. She was booked into the Parker County Jail. Her bond has not been set.