Two Children Die After Mother Locks Them in Hot Car ‘To Teach Them a Lesson’, Deaths Ruled as Homicide


A medical examiner has ruled that the deaths of two US children who were left in a hot car by their mother as punishment are homicides, after an autopsy revealed the children died from heatstroke.

Two-year-old Juliet Ramirez and one-year-old Cavanaugh Ramirez, of Weatherford, Texas died in May after being locked in a hot car by their mother Cynthia Marie Randolph. Temperatures on the day were 35.5 degrees Celsius, according to police. The incident occurred in May but investigations have been on since then.

Officials said that Randolph originally claimed her children had locked themselves in her car.

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The mother also admitted to breaking the car window to make the deaths looks like accidents.

An autopsy last week showed the children died from heatstroke. A medical examiner determined the deaths were homicides.

Randolph was arrested in June and charged with two counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

Parker county records show Randolph remains in jail.


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Chinenye Nwabueze

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  1. chisom Janefrances

    Hmmmm…….. How can someone that called herself Mother been so heartless and wicked…. what could her reason behind this act? May the soul of the children rest in peace…..

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