Texas toddlers die after being left in vehicle 15 hours

Amanda Hawkins allegedly told authorities the girls

Amanda Hawkins allegedly told authorities the girls"collapsed after"smelling flowers" but investigators said that was not the case

Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, died there around 5 p.m. Thursday, the release said. Hawkins' husband Issac was described by My San Antonio as "estranged" from her and was not present the night his children were left in the vehicle.

The girls were quickly taken to the University Hospital in San Antonio but died at about 17:00 on Thursday. Amanda Hawkins reportedly lied to investigators when she first spoke to them, telling a story about how her daughters had been out at Flat Rock Lake and had simply collapsed after smelling flowers. But since the children have died, Hierholzer said her charges could possibly change.

Amanda Hawkins was charged with two counts of abandoning or endangering a child, Kerr County Sheriff W.R. Hierholzer said in a press release.

Investigators said they later determined that the children were intentionally left in their mother's vehicle overnight, until about noon on June 7, while Hawkins and a 16-year-old male friend were inside another friend's home.

Police will decide whether to upgrade charges following findings being presented to a grand jury which may choose to indict the mother on murder charges. The release went on to say that while the children were in the vehicle, the mother had been spending time with a 16-year-old male friend and other friends inside a home.

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Davis said she stopping hanging out with Hawkins about a month ago because she was concerned how Hawkins treated her children. Hawkins was initially hesitant to take the girls to the hospital "because she did not want to get in trouble", according Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer. "She left them in that vehicle". And she said, 'No, they're fine. KABB reports that Hierholzer says he also understood someone inside the house could even hear the children crying and told her to bring them inside the house but she didn't. "They'll cry themselves to sleep, '" Hierholzer said.

The Kerr County Sheriff's Office and the Kerrville Police Department are carrying out a joint investigation on this case.

"One of them even told her they could hear the kids crying out in the auto and told her to bring them in".

A friend of Hawkins, Miriam Davis, who has known her since middle school, told KSAT 12 that she noticed Hawkins treating her children badly and regretting not calling Child Protection Services.

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