A Weatherford, Texas mother, Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, was arrested by the police in Parker County on first-degree felony counts for injury to children after she allegedly left her two children in a hot car on May 26 to punish them, while she went inside her residence, smoked marijuana and took a nap. Her daughter, Juliet Ramirez, 2, and 1-year-old son, Cavanaugh Ramirez, had been playing in the vehicle without their mother’s permission, and her daughter refused to get out of the car when Randolph ordered her to get out, so to teach her children a “lesson,” Randolph left them inside the car.
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 searched throughout the house for the two children, and then went outside, where she discovered them playing inside her vehicle.
The two children died in the hot car after Randolph closed the door of the vehicle and went back inside the house for a few hours to get high smoking marijuana and take a nap. She told the Parker County police she had wanted to teach her daughter a lesson for disobeying her.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the Parker County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release that, after Randolph went inside the house to smoke marijuana, she took a nap lasting two to three hours. She said she thought her daughter would be able to open the car door and get out whenever she and her brother wanted to leave the vehicle.
The Dallas News reported that Randolph called Parker County deputies out to her house “in the 200 block of Rambling Loop” on May 26 following the death of her two children. They arrived on the scene, located west of Lake Weatherford at approximately 4 p.m.
Around 4:30 p.m., medical responders who had arrived pronounced her children dead. Temperatures in the area had reportedly hit 96 degrees outside the day Randolph’s children died inside her car.
When the deputies initially spoke to Randolph, she told them she was busy folding laundry and watching television and they were playing in the enclosed back porch when she saw they had disappeared. After approximately 20 to 30 minutes, she said she realized she had not heard the children playing for a while and noticed they were not in the enclosed back porch area any longer. After searching the house for about 30 to 40 minutes, Randolph eventually went outside the residence and discovered they had somehow managed to lock themselves inside her car.
Randolph told the police her children had been inside the car “no more than an hour.” During subsequent interviews with the police and with Texas Rangers, Randolph kept changing her story. Eventually, Randolph admitted to the Parker County police after she realized her two children had died inside the hot car, she smashed the vehicle’s window in order to make it look more like they had gotten inside it and despite her attempts to rescue them, they had died by accident.
The Texas mom is currently in custody at Park County Jail. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office has not yet ruled on the manner and cause of each child’s death. As of late Friday, Randolph’s bond had not been set. It is uncertain if she has an attorney representing her.
Texas mother Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, was arrested on first-degree felony charges of injuring children after she told police in Parker County that she had locked her two children inside her car on May 26 to teach her daughter, Juliet Ramirez, age 2, a lesson when she refused to get out of the vehicle when her mom asked her to leave it. Randolph’s one-year-old son, Cavanaugh Ramirez, was also in the car and died when the outside temperature hit 96 degrees. She allegedly admitted to police that she went back inside her residence and smoked marijuana before falling asleep. She took a nap lasting two to three hours, before she went back outside to check on her children. When she realized they had both died, she phoned the police.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy Parker County Sheriff