A teenage mother whose toddler daughters died after she left them alone in her car overnight in 90 degree heat had previously left them unattended so she could go to drug-fueled parties, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Amanda Hawkins, 19, of Kerrville, Texas, is facing two counts of abandoning or endangering a child and is currently being held at Kerr County Main Jail on a $70,000 bond.
Her daughters, Addyson Overgard-Eddy, two, and Brynn Hawkins, one, were left in the car for more than 15 hours while their mother attended a party.
Both died shortly after reaching hospital in San Antonio, Texas, at 5pm on June 7.
According to police, Hawkins had delayed getting medical help for fear of getting into trouble.
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DailyMail.com can disclose that their deaths came after long-running concerns for their welfare, with Hawkins’ estranged husband, who was Brynn’s father, having drug charges, while she was seen physically attacking her daughters.
The fathers of both girls have drugs arrests and one is a convicted meth dealer.
Addyson’s father is Austin Overgard, who is currently in a prison rehab facility is a convicted meth dealer who is 21.
Brynn’s father Isaac Hawkins – to whom Amanda was married for a year and eight months before allegedly cheating on him with a 16-year-old – has been arrested on drug charges and now lives in a shabby trailer. He is 19.
Former friend Sadie Harwood, 20, of Kerrville, told DailyMail.com that Hawkins had previously left her girls alone in the car while she attended parties and mixed with a crowd that dabbled in drugs.
She said: ‘I’m not totally surprised that something like this has happened. People have been worried about those kids for a while and she has left them in the car before.’
Harwood, who is now sober and hopes to become an art therapy teacher, added: ‘She would ignore them while we were inside doing things [drugs].
‘I never saw her take anything myself but she would always be at the houses when I went to buy stuff. It was always Xanax, meth and weed.’
Close friend Sierra Talley, 20, of New Braunfel, Texas, told DailyMail.com that the 19-year-old had initially seemed to be a good mother but would ‘get physical’ with the girls if they cried.
She said: ‘If the youngest ever did something wrong, and also the oldest, she would get physical.’
Talley suggested that something about Hawkins had changed.
‘She was a perfectly amazing mother when I first knew her,’ she said.
‘About a year ago, she came down here [to New Braunfel] with Isaac and their two babies and we bought them some dinner and had a little playdate.
‘I interacted with the children and they seemed to have no problems at all. Perfectly normal and perfectly happy. They seemed well fed, well treated and everything.’
Hawkins was born and raised in the small town of Kerrville and attended the local Hill Country High School.
The daughter of former waitress Alisha Eddy, 46, and her second husband Roger, 42, she has two half-brothers from her mother’s first marriage: Cory Ray Clendennen, 29, and Shane Clendennen, 27.
According to Talley, who met Hawkins at middle school, she appeared normal and ‘a great person’ during her adolescence – spending much of her time with her younger cousins.
But in 2013, she became pregnant for the first time by an older school friend named Austin Overgard, with her daughter Addyson arriving in June 2014.
At the time of her death, the little girl was just three weeks from what would have been her third birthday.
Overgard, who was born in Alamogordo, New Mexico, was ‘an a**hole’ at school according to Talley who wanted little to do with his daughter after she was born.
Currently understood to be incarcerated in a jail-rehab facility in San Angelo, Texas, the 21-year-old has a total of eight arrests and four convictions to his name – including one for drug dealing.
The indictment, dated September 27 2016, reads: ‘On or about June 13 2016 […] did then and there knowingly attempt to deliver, by offer to sell, to a cooperating individual, a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine.’
After pleading guilty, he was initially sentenced to 18 months probation but failed to meet the terms and was sent to the Concho Valley Community Corrections Facility after twice testing positive for meth.
He also admitted to a secondary charge of possessing an illegal weapon – a set of knuckledusters according to the indictment and police report.
His other convictions both date from 2015 and are for marijuana possession – in each case, leading to a fine.
At the time of the girls’ deaths, Hawkins had been pursuing her former flame over unpaid child support for Addyson, with the case due to return to court on July 21.
After splitting from Overgard, Hawkins acquired a new boyfriend – Isaac Hawkins.
Talley, who also knew Isaac during her time at high school, describes him as ‘quiet’ and not inclined towards drama.
Partying: Sierra Talley told DailyMail.com: ‘If the youngest ever did something wrong, and also the oldest, she would get physical.’
The couple married in July 2016 and set up home together in Kerrville, with Hawkins taking a job as a shelf-stacker in the local Walmart SuperCenter.
He became the father of her second child, Brynn, who was born to the couple in February 2016.
Nonetheless, the pair appear to have had trouble with money and are currently being pursued in court over rent arrears totaling $1,900 from March and April.
A default judgment dated May 3 found in favor of landlady Jana Smith, with the couple also told to pay court costs of $211 and interest totaling $84.99.
Smith, who also lives in Kerrville, declined to comment when approached by DailyMail.com.
Three days after the judgment, Isaac was arrested and booked into Kerr County Jail on a charge of marijuana possession, as well as releasing arrest, and was released on a $5,000 bond after spending a night in the cells.
The 19-year-old, whose case is still pending, also faces a charge of Class 3 theft and another of resisting arrest.
He and Hawkins are understood to have split up in March, after she allegedly cheated on him with a local 16-year-old, according to friends.
Isaac was not available for comment when DailyMail.com visited his shabby trailer home on Tuesday but a friend who answered the door said he has been left ‘devastated’ by his daughter’s death.
He has spoken of his anger in posts made on a closed Facebook page dedicated to getting justice for the two girls and said he hopes Hawkins ‘rots in hell’ for her alleged crimes.
In a post written on Tuesday, he said: ‘She [Hawkins] did kill my children […] I’m not defending her and I truly hate her right now.
‘I hope she rots in hell and sees the images of my kids lifeless faces knowing that she did it.’
Writing in a second post later the same day, he added: ‘I wasn’t there for warning signs, only had bad gut feelings the day it happened.’
However, Hawkins is understood to have been reported to Child Protective Services several times, including in July 2016, when her younger daughter was just five months old.
A furious Hawkins wrote of the experience in an angry post made on her Facebook page at the time in which she insisted that she was a good mother who gave her daughters ‘everything’.
She wrote: ‘If you want my mom to check up and ask questions about if my daughters are taken care of, that is messed up.
‘You can ask me yourselves or leave us alone! We are great here. Focus on something else. My daughters have everything they want, and need, plus so much more.
Deadbeat father: Amanda Hawkins was suing Austin Overgard for child support. He is a convicted meth dealer currently in a jail rehab facility
Selection of mugshots: Austin Overgard – who became a father with Amanda while she was at high school – has a criminal history with eight arrests and four convictions
‘They get their checkups [sic] they get their shots. They get everything. You don’t see us so just stop. The only people who see us are my mom and my grandparents.
‘Ugh, I feel so mad. How dare someone question if I take care of my kids.’
At the time of their deaths, the two girls are understood to have been living with their mother at a dilapidated home on Mack Hollimon Drive in Kerrville, which she shared with two friends named locally as Chelsea and KP.
When DailyMail.com visited the property this week, a group of teenagers could be seen slouched in deckchairs outside the front door – and declined to answer questions.
The children’s grandmother, Alisha, also refused to discuss Hawkins’ alleged crime and has now left her apartment home.
Among them was a child’s pink plastic walker that had previously been stored next to the front door.
Addyson and Brynn are expected to be buried in a private funeral within the next few weeks while their mother has been returned to Kerrville from San Antonio and is now in jail pending trial.
Jimmy Poole, of the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, said: ‘I can confirm we have her in our custody and she is in the jail here.
‘I cannot say anything else about the case until we have spoken to the prosecutor’s office.’
A memorial service for the two girls was held in Kerrville, a small town of 22,000 people, on Sunday and included a fundraiser to pay for their funerals.
Many of Hawkins’ friends, including Talley, are now hoping she will be sentenced to a lengthy stretch in jail and have started a petition called ‘Make sure Amanda Hawkins goes to Prison’.
Hosted on thepetitionsite.com, it has racked up 1,874 signatures since June 11 – 344 of them from Kerrville residents.
‘She left them in the car several times before so I feel she did this intentionally,’ said Talley. ’15 hours is a long time, so she could have done something about it.
She added: ‘I’m just hoping that it will at least change someone’s mind in the court room around there, with the jury.
‘Just let them know that she did something really, really wrong and she deserves a lot more than two years or something like that. She honestly deserves prison for life.’