A mother who locked her two toddlers in a car to “teach them a lesson” has been sentenced to jail.
A Parker County jury in North Texas, sentenced 25-year-old Cynthia Marie Randolph to the maximum sentences of 2x 20 year prison terms to be served simultaneously.
The same jury convicted her of two second-degree felony counts of recklessly causing injury to a child hours earlier.
Randolph’s charges were reduced. She had initially faced two first-degree felony counts of knowingly causing serious injury to a child. A conviction on those could have led to life sentences.
An arrest warrant says Randolph told police she locked one-year-old Cavanaugh Ramirez and two-year-old Juliet Ramirez in the car for several hours to teach them a lesson because her daughter often got out of the car without permission.
Dr. Marc Krouse with the Parker and Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office testified that the children died of exogenous hyperthermia, more commonly known as heat stroke.
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