KERR COUNTY, TEXAS — On Thursday, after a joint investigation, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office has filed two counts of “abandoning or endangering a child”, on Amanda Hawkins, 19.
Hawkins was arrested in San Antonioand is awaiting transfer to Kerr county.
The investigation started after Amanda, accompanied by a 16 year old male, showed up at Peterson regional medical center with her two children identified as, Brynn Hawkins, a one year old female and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, a two year old female.
The two children were in grave condition and were transferred to university hospital in San Antonio.
Amanda advised hospital personnel that the two girls, herself and the 16 year old had been at flat rock lake and the girls were smelling flowers and that when they got ready to leave the one year old collapsed and shortly after that the two year old also collapsed.
An investigation was started and as a result it was determined that the two young girls had actually been left in their mother’s vehicle intentionally for over 15 hours, overnight on June 6, 2017 and until around noon on June 7, 2017, while she and other friends were inside a residence.
Upon discovering the girls, the mother attempted to bathe them and did not immediately want to take the girls to the hospital because she didn’t want to get into trouble.
Both girls passed away around 5pm on June 8.
The investigation is continuing and autopsies will be conducted.
“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,” Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said. “Now with the death of the girls the charges could be upgraded after this case is presented to a grand jury. this case will be handled by 216th judicial district attorney.”