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Police say a woman who left her toddler in a hot car was drunk, according to a statement. (Source: KFOX/CNN) Police say a woman who left her toddler in a hot car was drunk, according to a statement. (Source: KFOX/CNN)
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EL PASO, TX (KFOX/CNN) – Police say a Texas woman whose toddler died in a hot car in July was drunk.

The mother, Daisy Harper, was arrested last week, and authorities say she was intoxicated and forgot to bring her daughter inside.

Her daughter, 2-year-old Hailey Harper, died after being left in a car for 10 hours. Daisy Harper is currently facing charges of injury to a child by omission and criminally negligent homicide.

According to a statement, Harper gave investigators, she picked up her children from her mother's home at 2 a.m. the morning after a night of drinking with family members.

Her brother volunteered to take Harper and the children home after Harper and her mother got into an argument over Harper's intoxicated state.

Investigators say Harper arrived home at 2:45 a.m.

Harper's brother took her son insider and put him to bed. They say Harper was on the phone and texting with her husband who was out of town before she fell asleep.

Harper allegedly told investigators she “did not even thing to look” to make sure her children were in bed, while her daughter was still strapped into the car seat in the vehicle parked in the driveway.

The statement goes on to say around 8 a.m., Harper sent text messages to her husband while the toddler was dying in the car.

It wasn't until noon when Harper's brother woke her up and discovered the child was not in bed.

“The defendant discovered the child in the parked car still fastened to her child safety seat without any signs of life,” the statement said.

Emergency crews took the child to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy later revealed she died of environmental heat exposure. The manner of death is still pending.

Daisy Harper is also facing charges of injury to a child and criminal negligent homicide. Her bond is set at $400,000.

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