Texas mom charged after leaving toddlers to die in hot car

Carla Harmon
June 10, 2017

"Amanda advised hospital personnel that the two girls, herself, and the 16-year-old had been at Flat Rock Lake and the girls were smelling flowers and that when they got ready to leave, the one-year-old collapsed and shortly after that, the two-year-old also collapsed."

Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, died Thursday at Unversity Hospital.

The children were unconscious when Hawkins took them out of the auto around noon Wednesday, the sheiff said.

KSAT-TV in San Antonio reported that the charges against Hawkins could be upgraded after the findings of the case are presented to a grand jury, Hierholzer said. Autopsies have been ordered, and additional charges may be filed in the case, the sheriff said. They were admitted in "grave condition" and transferred to University Hospital in San Antonio.


Investigators looking into the children's deaths learned that the girls had not been to the lake, but instead had allegedly been left in their mother's vehicle overnight as she hung out with friends in a home, the sheriff said.

The children's mother, Amanda Hawkins, 19, has been charged with two counts of Abandoning or Endangering a Child and is now in custody in the Bexar County Jail, awaiting transfer to Kerr County, Hierholzer said.

A 19-year-old Texas mother whose two toddlers died when she left them for hours inside a hot vehicle while she visited friends has been charged with child endangerment. Hawkins bathed the girls after returning the vehicle, but did not immediately take them to the hospital because "she did not want to get into trouble", Hierholzer said.

Her story quickly unraveled under questioning, the sheriff said.


Kerrville is 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio.

Two young Kerrville children died Thursday after being left alone in a auto for 15 hours.

"Right around 5 o'clock yesterday evening, they had to take both kids off the ventilator and both kids died", Hierholzer said.


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