The mother of the two girls who died last year in Texas after she left them inside an extremely hot car was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Wednesday.
Amanda Hawkins had previously pleaded guilty to charges of abandoning or endangering a child causing imminent danger of death and other charges in connection of the death of Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, who succumbed to the heat inside her vehicle while she spent time in an air-conditioned home with friends.
Authorities said the temperatures rose to the high 80s that June 6, 2017. Someone asked Hawkins to bring the crying girls home, she replied "no it's fine, they'll cry themselves to sleep."
"People in our community take better care of their pets than you took care of your kids," Judge Keith Williams told the mother.