The young mother brought both of her daughters to Peterson Regional Medical Center in “grave condition” Wednesday, telling doctors they collapsed after smelling flowers during an outing at Flat Rock Park.
Under questioning Hawkins admitted to police, she had left 1-year-old Brynn Hawkins and 2-year-old Addyson Overgard-Eddy in her SUV while she and an unidentified 16-year-old male spent the night with friends.
Both girls were transferred to University Hospital on Thursday, where they died around 5 p.m.
“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 Hierholzer said, as he added that investigators determined Brynn and Addyson had intentionally been left in the vehicle overnight starting around 9 p.m.
“One of them even told her they could hear the kids crying out in the car and told her to bring them in,” Hierholzer told KSAT. “And she said, ‘No, they’re fine. They’ll cry themselves to sleep.’ ”
Victim: 1-year-old Brynn Hawkins
Victim: 2-year-old Addyson Overgard-Eddy
Hawkins returned to the SUV around noon.
She bathed and re-dressed the children in an attempt to cover up the fact that she had left them in the car for so long with no food, water or bathroom breaks, before deciding to take them to the hospital.
She did not immediately go for help because she was afraid of getting in trouble, according to the press release.
Hawkins’ childhood friend, Miriam Davis Hawkins’ said she stopped spending time with the young mother about a month ago because she was worried about how the toddlers were being treated.
She told the news station that she even considered calling Child Protective Services.
“I guess I just hesitated for so long,” she said. “I didn’t want her to be in the system, but I didn’t know they would die if they didn’t.”
Davis, also a young mother, remembered Hawkins’ daughters fondly.
“Addy was so helpful. She would like to get you things and bring ’em to you,” she said. “Brynn was just learning how to walk and she was toddling all over the place.”
Hawkins was arrested in San Antonio and was being held on $70,000 bail. Her charges may be upgraded now that both girls have died.