Texas mom says she locked 2 kids in hot vehicle, killing them

Austin Daniel
June 25, 2017

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After noticing the children were missing, Randolph told officers she found them unresponsive in a locked vehicle and broke a window to rescue them.

The sheriff's office was alerted to the incident around 4 p.m., when temperatures outside had reached 96 degrees. Randolph claimed she broke a window in an effort to get to the children, later identified by Tarrant county medical examiner's office as Juliet and Cavanaugh Ramirez.

KTLA 5 reported that, Captain Mark Arnett, an officer with the Parker County Sheriff's Office said the daughter and son of the Texas mom were playing in their house when they seemingly "disappeared". Randolph stated she spent the next 30 to 40 minutes searching for her children.

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Randolph told the police her children had been inside the vehicle "no more than an hour". Randolph's immediate response was, "no more than an hour".

But the investigation, which also involved the Texas Rangers, revealed a different story. Through multiple interviews with investigators over the past month, Randolph "created several variations of the events" of May 26, police said.

The sheriff's office said Randolph told them she found her children playing inside her auto at about 12:15 p.m. and ordered her daughter out of the vehicle using profanity. But her account of that day changed over the course of several interviews with investigators until she acknowledged on Friday that she left them in the auto intentionally, the Parker County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. She said Friday she left the children in the auto, smoked marijuana and went to sleep.

Randolph had originally told investigators that she had been folding laundry and watching television in her rural home west of Fort Worth while the boy, Cavanaugh Ramirez, and his sister Juliet Ramirez played in a back porch, according to a criminal complaint.

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