Amanda Hawkins, a 19-year-old mom from Kerrville, Texas, was
arrested on June 9 and charged with two counts of abandoning or endangering a
child after she allegedly left her two daughters inside of a hot car for 15
hours on purpose so that she could party with friends.
Hawkins left her daughters, 1-year-old Brynn Hawkins and 2-year-old Addyson
Overgard-Eddy, in a vehicle parked outside of a friend’s home Tuesday night, June 6, and
didn’t go out to check on them until Wednesday at noon. Temperatures were in
the 90s on Wednesday morning.
this story goes from bad to worse. After finding her daughters in a bad way on Wednesday,
Hawkins allegedly bathed them before taking them to Peterson Regional Medical
Center where she told doctors a story about how the girls had been
at a nearby lake smelling flowers, and she suspected that maybe they had come
into contact with something poisonous.
girls died at the hospital on Thursday. On Friday, Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer
of the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office released a statement with details of a
joint investigation that alleges the girls were intentionally left in their
PRESS RELEASE JUNE 9, 2017 ON THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017, AFTER A JOINT INVESTIGATION CONDUCTED BY THE KERRVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, TEXAS RANGERS, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES AND THIS OFFICE, THE KERR...
What will happen to Amanda Hawkins remains to be seen. What is certain is that her daughters' deaths and the deaths of so many other children left in cars could have so easily been avoided.
Nothing can be done to bring back
the children who have perished, but raising awareness for parents and
non-parents alike can prevent this from happening to other children.
to noheatstroke.org, which tracks heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles, 16 children have died in the U.S. as of June 26 this year after being left in cars. These deaths were ALL preventable.
"Parents and other caregivers need to be educated that a vehicle is
not a babysitter or play area ... but it can easily become tragedy," they warn.
Safety measures recommended by
Never leave a child unattended in a
vehicle. Not even for a minute.
Call 911 if you see an unattended
child in a hot vehicle.
Make sure everyone gets out of car
when unloading. Check for sleeping babies.
Always lock your car and make sure
your kids don’t have access to keys or remotes that let them in the car.
Make sure to teach your kid that
vehicles are not to be used as a play area.
If you are driving with a child, put
your purse, cellphone, wallet or something in the back seat so that you are
forced to check the back of the car before getting out.
Please help educate others by sharing this information so that we can save children's lives.