Toddlers Die After 'Intentionally' Left In Car By Teenage Mom: Sheriff

"This is by far the most horrific case of child endangerment that I have seen in the 37 years I have been in law enforcement", Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said in the statement Friday. Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, and her one-year-old sister Brynn Hawkins died on Thursday.

Amanda Hawkins, 19, left daughters Brynn, aged one, and two-year-old Addyson inside the vehicle on June 6.

Hierholzer says Hawkins told doctors that the girls collapsed while smelling flowers.

A joint investigation between the Kerrville Police Department, Texas Rangers, Child Protective Services and the Kerr County Sheriff's Office began on June 8, Hierholzer said.

Investigators said they later determined that the children were intentionally left in their mother's auto overnight, until about noon on June 7, while Hawkins and a 16-year-old male friend were inside another friend's home. "They were in the house all night".

When Hawkins went back to her auto her toddlers were unconscious.

Believing she would get into trouble, she decided not to report it, police say. When the children were still gravely ill on Thursday, Hawkins took them to a local hospital at the insistence of her teen friend.

When little cried during the night, Hawkins ignored them even when her friends alerted her, the sheriff told KABB. The site seeks to provide valuable information to parents and show how unsafe it can be to leave a child unattended in a hot auto.

Miriam Davis, who knew the girls and Hawkins, told KSAT 12 that she stopped hanging out with Hawkins after the "mom" started neglecting her children. The toddler daughters would be declared dead at a hospital the following day reported AP.

Hawkins was arrested in San Antonio and was being held in the Bexar County Jail before transfer to the Kerr County Jail.

"I think she pretty much admitted to what happened", Hierholzer told Fox 29.

Reportedly, she gave the unconscious toddlers a bath and dressed them up instead of taking them to a hospital for emergency treatment. Autopsies have been ordered, and additional charges may be filed in the case, the sheriff said. The charges against Hawkins could be upgraded in light of the girls' deaths, and police have also said additional charges could be brought against others.

  • Annette Adams