Horrific Case of Child Abuse in Kerr County

By Bill O’Neil

A Kerr County woman is arrested in San Antonio–after police said she intentionally left her two young children in her vehicle for more than 15 hours this week.

The Kerr County Sheriff’s Office said 19-year old Amanda Hawkins and a 16-year old boy showed up at Peterson Regional Medical Center with the one and two year old girls, claiming both had collapsed after smelling flowers at Flat Rock Lake.

Both children were quickly transferred to University Hospital for further treatment, where they died Thursday Afternoon.

“It’s just one of those deals that’s extremely hard on investigators having to work these cases where you’ve got a one-year old and two year old real cute little blonde hair, blue eyed girls. It’s really hard. We’ve all got kids or grandkids” Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer told KTSA News, describing it as the “most horrific child endangerment” he’s seen in the 37 years he’s been in law enforcement.

An investigation conducted by the Kerrville Police Department, Kerr County Sheriff’s Office and Child Protective Services later determined the two girls were intentionally left in their mother’s vehicle overnight June 6th until about Noon June 7th.

“She left them in a car for about 15 hours… all night one night until about Noon the next day” Hierholzer said.

“I’ve been told she just went to a house and stayed in there with some friends… didn’t need the kids in there” the Sheriff said.

Hawkins is charged with two counts of abandoning or endangering a child.

“It will be up to our grand jury and District Attorney as to whether or not those charges get upgraded” Hierholzer said.

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