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Mom Re-Charged With Murder For Kids' Hot-Car Deaths

Judge Reinstates Charges For Deaths Of Two Children

UPDATED: 1:19 p.m. EDT September 25, 2002

First-degree felony murder charges have been reinstated against a Michigan mother accused of leaving her children inside a hot car while she got her hair done.

Tarajee Maynor had faced involuntary manslaughter charges after her children -- 10-month-old Acacia Maynor and 3-year-old Adonis Maynor -- died inside her Dodge Neon in the parking lot of a Southfield high-rise that housed the salon she was in on June 28.

Maynor was originally charged with two counts of felony murder. But in July, Judge Steven Cooper of the 46th District Court said that there was not enough evidence to prove that Maynor intentionally killed her children, Detroit TV station WDIV-TV reported.

Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca wanted Maynor charged with two counts of first-degree murder. His office said that Maynor knowingly left Acacia and Adonis inside the locked car with the windows up.

Gorcyca claims that Maynor intentionally parked her car in the back of the parking lot in an effort to conceal the fact that the children were inside.

The children reportedly died from hyperthermia after being in the car for about three hours in the sweltering heat. Temperatures in the car reportedly topped 100 degrees and the children likely survived only 20 to 40 minutes, WDIV reported.

Maynor drove around three hours with the dead children in her car before taking them to the hospital, Southfield police said. Once at the hospital, she reportedly told investigators that she had been abducted and raped.

A detective who interviewed Maynor when she took the children to the hospital said that Maynor made a statement to him and confessed to neglecting her children. She reportedly told him "I would never hurt my children. I was too stupid to know they would die."

Maynor could face life in prison if she is convicted of first-degree murder.

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