A TWO-year-old girl and her 16-month-old brother have been found dead, locked inside their mother’s hot car in the U.S. state of Texas.
In a statement, Parker County Sheriff’s Capt. Mark Arnett said the mother of the children found their bodies in her car at their home near Lake Weatherford, west of Fort Worth, shortly after 4pm on Friday.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the woman told authorities that her two toddler’s had disappeared after “taking off” while playing in a back room of their home.
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After searching the house, the woman told investigators that she started to look for the youngsters outside.
It is at this point when she claims to have found the pair unresponsive in her car which had been locked.
The mother reportedly smashed a window to reach the children but it was too late. They could not be revived.
The two-year-old girl and her little brother died at the scene from suspected extreme heat exposure.
The mother told the Sheriff’s Department that the children had her mobile phone and car keys with them in the car, adding that they had gotten into the car and locked themselves inside.
“The question is, can a two-year-old open a car door and a two-year-old and a one-year-old climb inside and lock it,” Capt. Mark Arnett told CNN.
“In the course of the investigation, if charges are warranted, I’m sure the district attorney’s office will bring them.”
Temperatures topped 96 degrees Farenhieght (35.5 degrees Celsius) in the area on Friday afternoon.