Two Kerr County, Texas toddlers, 2-year-old Addyson Overgard-Eddy and 1-year-old Brynn Hawkins, died after they were left in a hot SUV. Their mother, Amanda Hawkins, 19, has been arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment.
On Wednesday, Hawkins and a male friend, 16, rushed her two daughters to the Peterson Regional Medical Center, where she told attending physicians that the girls had suddenly collapsed while on an outing at Flat Rock Park. On Thursday, the toddlers were transferred to University Hospital in grave condition. Both toddlers died later that day at 5 p.m. Autopsies were ordered for Friday to determine the exact cause of death.
It did not take long for officials to determine the truth. During the investigation, it was revealed that Hawkins had deliberately left her two young daughters in the hot SUV at approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday night to visit with friends.
The children ended up spending the entire night in the vehicle, approximately 15 hours, while their mother was inside a nearby residence, visiting with friends, mysanantonio.com reported. Rusty Hierholzer, the Kerr County Sheriff, said the toddlers were found unconscious in the vehicle the following day around noon.
Hawkins feared she would get in trouble, so she delayed taking her daughters to the hospital. Instead, she attempted to give them a bath. Hierholzer said the windows had been partially down during some of the time the girls were in the SUV. However, temperatures soared into the mid 80s by noon on Wednesday, with humidity topping 96 percent, which means the temperature inside the SUV likely felt feel like 105 degrees. Hierholzer went on to say that in his 37 years in law enforcement, this is by far the worst case of child endangerment he had even seen.
Amanda Hawkins is married to Isaac Hawkins, and he is Brynn’s father. However, the couple is estranged and he was not present when the two toddlers were left in the SUV.
According to CNN, Hawkins was arrested in San Antonio, Texas. Her bail was set at $70,000 and she was held in Bexar County pending transfer to Kerr County. The investigation into the deaths of Addyson Overgard-Eddy and Brynn Hawkins is ongoing.
Lucy Wilke, Kerr County, Texas District Attorney, plans to meet with investigators on Monday. At that time, she will review the case and decide on the appropriate charge(s). The charges against Hawkins could be upgraded and her 16-year-old friend could face charges as well.
By Trixie Dillwood
Photo Courtesy Bexar County Sheriff