A Texas judge showed little sympathy during sentencing for a mom whose two daughters, ages 1 and 2, died after being left in an increasingly hot car overnight.
“Those precious little girls would still be here today if this had not happened,” said Judge Keith Williams, according to Hill Country Breaking News. “People in our community take better care of their pets than you took care of your kids.”
In September, Amanda Hawkins pleaded guilty to two felony counts of abandoning or endangering a child causing imminent danger of death, bodily injury or physical or mental impairment and two counts of injury to a child.
Children left overnight in vehicle, mom partied
In 2017, police said the then-19-year-old mom drove to a friend’s house in Kerrville, Texas. Police said the children were in her car for between 10 and 15 hours from Tuesday night until midday Wednesday while Hawkins and her friends were inside a shed smoking marijuana, according to testimony.
At one point, a 16-year-old at the party who didn’t want to sleep in the shed slept in Hawkins’ car with the girls.
When he awoke at 8 a.m., he rolled up the windows, brought the key inside and told Hawkins he was leaving. The teen, Kevin Franke, is also charged in the girls’ deaths with two counts of first-degree murder, according to court documents obtained by People.