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Fatal Punishment: Mother Puts Children in Hot Car to ‘Teach Them a Lesson’

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Punishment is not a bad thing. The bible says that if you spare the rod, you spoil the child. As a person who received many spankings as a kid, I now understand that they were necessary to teach me a lesson. However, excessive punishment is not okay. For example, placing your small children in a hot car because you are angry with them.

Cynthia Marie Randolph’s children learned a fatal lesson one hot Friday in May after she left them in the car to “teach them a lesson.” The 25-year-old mother of two has been arrested in connection with the deaths of her 16-month-old son and 2-year-old daughter.

Fox News reports:


Police were called to her home near Lake Weatherford on May 26 where Randolph told police she found her two kids unresponsive after being locked inside a vehicle. The incident was reported shortly after 4 p.m. when it was about 96 degrees.

Randolph initially said she was inside her home folding laundry and watching TV while her kids played in an enclosed back porch that was visible from the living room. She said about 20 to 30 minutes had passed when she realized her kids were “gone.”

Randolph told police she sent more than half an hour looking for her kids and later found them locked inside her car. She said the kids got in the car on their own and locked themselves in. Both kids were pronounced dead shortly after 4:30 p.m. She told police her kids were not in the car for more than an hour.

Throughout multiple interviews, police say Randolph changed her story several times about what lead to the death of her children.

Please punish your children so they do not turn out like entitled little snowflakes. However, punish your child within reason and in a way that corresponds with what they did wrong….and NEVER punish your child in a way that can cause their death.


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About the author

Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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