Mom declined to bring doomed kids inside residence, officials say
Despite the cries of her two infant daughters left in a vehicle outside a friend’s home in Kerrville last week, authorities say Amanda Hawkins wouldn’t bring them into the house where she stayed overnight.
“They’ll cry themselves to sleep,” she told one person who expressed concern during the 15 hours that Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, spent in a parked SUV, Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said Tuesday.
He also revealed that a second person at the residence slept in the vehicle with Hawkins’ children from about 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. last Wednesday morning before going back inside.
It was roughly four hours later, as the outdoor temperature climbed into the mid-80s, that the children were discovered unconscious in the vehicle and attempts were made to revive them.
Hawkins, 19, bathed them before seeking professional help at Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Hierholzer said.
Accompanied by a 16-year-old boy whose relationship to the mother wasn’t named she initially claimed to hospital staffers that the girls had collapsed while on an outing at a local park, authorities say.
The children, described as being in “grave” condition, were transferred to University Hospital in San Antonio, where they died about 5 p.m. Thursday.
A spokesman at the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office said it could be two to three months before the cause and manner of their deaths is released publicly.
Hawkins, who was arrested in San Antonio on two charges of child endangerment and held there under $70,000 bail, was transferred to the Kerr County Jail on Monday, Hierholzer said.
He said it will be up to prosecutors to decide whether the charges against Hawkins would be upgraded due to her kids’ deaths, or if anyone else will be charged in the case.
District Attorney Lucy Wilke said Tuesday that she met Monday to review the case with investigators from the sheriff’s department, but that no charging decisions will be made until the investigation concludes.
Hierholzer said a witness at the house where Hawkins spent the night last Tuesday expressed concern about the children outside.
“Evidently he could hear the babies crying and he said, ‘Why don’t you bring them in?’ and she said, ’No, they’ll cry themselves to sleep.”
He said another person at the house joined the kids in the car for about three hours early the next morning.
Isaac Hawkins, the father of Brynn Hawkins, is separated from Amanda Hawkins and was not present at the home, Hierholzer said. Neither he nor Austin J. Overgard, the father of Addyson R. Overgard-Eddy, could be reached for comment.