Texas mom charged after leaving toddlers to die in hot vehicle

Amanda Hawkins allegedly told authorities the girls

Two young sisters have died in Texas after their mother allegedly left them in a vehicle for 15 hours in temperatures of up to 32C (90F), BBC reported.

A 19-year-old mother in Kerr County has been charged in the death of her two little girls, who investigators say were left in an auto for more than 15 hours. The sheriff said their records showed "no history" with Hawkins but that investigators determined it was not the first time she had left the children in a vehicle.

Hawkins was accompanied to the Peterson Regional Medical Center by an unidentified 16-year-old male, whom had allegedly been with her in the house at the time her daughters were in the auto.

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. 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. "She said the little girls were walking around smelling flowers".

Both girls passed away around 5 p.m. on June 8 in San Antonio, Hierholzer said. The Sheriff added that Hawkins tried to bathe the girls, but did not immediately take them to the hospital as she reportedly didn't want to get into trouble.

What authorities say really happened was that Hawkins drove to a friend's house Tuesday night with a 16-year-old male and left her children in the vehicle while temperatures reached the 90s.

Hierholzer said Brynn and Addyson were unconscious by the time Hawkins drove them home around noon Wednesday. She was taken to the Bexar County Jail following her arrest and will remain there until her transfer back to Kerr County.

"Blonde, blue-eyed kids", he told Fox 29 San Antonio in a report that aired Friday.

She is being held on $70,000 bond.

Police said, Hawkins' husband Isaac was apparently not present when the mother allegedly abandoned her kids. Hierholzer told the Current he's certain Hawkins knew what she was doing.

Hawkins is seen in the photo above with her husband, Isaac (right), and their daughter, Brynn.

An autopsy into the cause of deaths of the toddler girls had been set for Friday.

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