Two young sisters are dead after their teenage mother intentionally left them in a car for more than 15 hours, Texas authorities said Friday. After finding her children unresponsive, Hawkins took them to a local hospital. She told doctors that the girls collapsed while “smelling flowers.”

The mother, Amanda Hawkins, 19, was charged with two counts of abandoning or endangering a child after leaving the toddlers in her vehicle while she visited friends, Kerr County Sheriff W.R. “Rusty” Hierholzer said in a news release.


Investigators believe Hawkins intentionally left her daughters in the vehicle in Kerrville from Tuesday night until midday Wednesday, when temperatures were in the 80s. The girls, 1-year-old Brynn Hawkins and 2-year-old Addyson Overgard-Eddy, died in a San Antonio hospital Thursday. Hierholzer says autopsies have been ordered.

Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer says Amanda Hawkins was arrested in San Antonio Thursday and is being held on $70,000 bond.

Kerrville is 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio.