Our admiration for the selfless love of mothers is surpassed only by our loathing of mothers who mistreat their own flesh and blood.
And what this ‘mother’ did is positively reptilian.
It’s horrific enough when this happens by a mistake or neglect. But to do it on purpose to her own kids? What kind of a monster must she be?
The fact that the children were helpless, and aged one and two makes this story that much worse.
Amanda Hawkins, 19, from Kerr County, Texas, allegedly left her children Brynn Hawkins, one, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, two, in the car overnight and ignored them even as they cried for hours.
The girls were unconscious and in ‘grave condition’ by the time Hawkins sent them to the hospital – a day after they’d been left in the car.
‘This is by far the most horrific case of child endangerment that I have seen in the 37 years that I have been in law enforcement,’ Kerr County Sheriff Hierholzer said in a statement.
… Hawkins left her two daughters in the car on Tuesday at around 9pm while she hang out with a 16-year-old male friend and others inside a house nearby, according to a news release from the Kerr County Police Department.
When little Brynn and Addyson cried during the night, the Walmart employee ignored them even when her friends alerted her, the sheriff told KABB.
We’re not even at the worst part yet… She found them unconscious in the car at noon the next day. But she was afraid she’d get in trouble, so she didn’t get help right away.
Hierholzer said friends convinced Hawkins to take the girls to Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville.
The sheriff said Hawkins first claimed the girls were at Flat Rock Park smelling flowers and when they were about ready to go, one collapsed, followed shortly after by the other.
Investigators soon found out otherwise, but it was too late for the girls.
“Right around 5 o’clock yesterday evening, they had to take both kids off the ventilator and both kids died,” Hierholzer said.
It is unclear why she spent the night with these teenage friends or where her husband was when this happened — but he was not implicated in the deaths.
The friends had seen some behavior that might have qualified as abuse before, but were afraid to speak out and have the kids go into ‘the system’.
Now that the poor kids are dead, she obviously regrets having not spoken up.