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After learning of a frustrated mom’s lesson for her children, the judge gives her 20 years in jail!

Cynthia, a frustrated mother, found her two small children, Juliet and her younger brother Cavanaugh, testing her patience and acting out. In a misguided attempt to teach them a lesson, Cynthia made a terrible decision. She locked them inside a sweltering vehicle on a hot day, resulting in their tragic deaths.

It’s important to note that Cynthia did not intend to harm her children, but her actions put them in an extremely dangerous situation while she sought comfort in her cool house, indulging in marijuana, watching television, and eventually falling asleep. Now, Cynthia has been convicted of two counts of reckless injury to a child, and the judge has sentenced her to spend the next two decades behind bars.

Her crimes have been classified as first-degree felonies, and she will serve her sentence alongside other individuals convicted of similar offenses. Initially, Cynthia claimed that the children had disappeared and locked themselves in the car, but further investigation revealed that she was withholding the truth. Testimonies unveiled a disturbing motive.

Cynthia admitted that she was angry with her children for playing in the Honda Crosstour and throwing tantrums when asked to exit the vehicle. In a fit of frustration, she made the reckless decision that if they wanted to play in the car, they would, even if it meant dire consequences. Locking the car door, she subjected her young children to the scorching heat of that fateful May afternoon.

Cynthia mistakenly believed that her two-year-old daughter would be able to open the car and rescue her 16-month-old brother from the perilous situation. However, tragically, her assumption proved wrong. Instead of tending to her children, Cynthia retreated inside and consumed marijuana, seeking parenting inspiration from the Kardashians’ televised family dynamics on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

As time passed and the children did not come back into the house, she eventually succumbed to a deep slumber, only to awaken once the effects of the drug had worn off. Distraught, she rushed to the car to check on her children and discovered them lifeless. The horrifying realization of finding her two children unresponsive in the sweltering car overwhelmed Cynthia. Subsequently, it was determined that the cause of their deaths was heatstroke, a result of being locked inside the vehicle as a form of misguided discipline. The outside temperature that day reached a scorching 96 degrees Fahrenheit, causing the temperature inside the car to exceed a deadly 140 degrees.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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