Parker County Sheriff’s Office
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In documents released Friday, the Parker County Sheriff’s Department used Randolph’s alleged shifting statements about how her children died as probable cause to charge her.
Authorities said Randolph initially told officers that she had been folding laundry in the house while her children played outside. When she didn’t hear from them for nearly half an hour, Randolph said she searched for the toddlers before discovering them locked inside the car, alongside her keys and cellphone.
She then told officers that she had to break a window and rescue the children, then called 911, authorities said.
But when she was arrested Friday, police said Randolph admitted to officers that she locked the children inside the car on purpose.
“When they refused to leave the car, the defendant said she shut the door to teach Juliet a lesson, thinking she could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready,” authorities said in the probable cause affidavit.
It added that Randolph told officers that she went inside the home, smoked marijuana and fell asleep for several hours.
“When she woke, the defendant found her children in her vehicle, unresponsive,” authorities added. “The defendant said that she broke the car window to make it look like an accident.”
Randolph was booked into the Parker County Jail. A bond had not been set and it wasn’t immediately clear whether she retained an attorney, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.