Smyrna,TN– 25-year-old mom Samantha Harper was arrested, after her two young children 3-year-old Daniel Marise and 2-year-old Savannah Marise were found dead by investigators. The children were found lying near a parked car near the home at 9584 Old Nashville Highway.

 “The mother said that she put the children inside the car and then went back inside, fell asleep.”

Authorities said  the air temperature that day was in the mid 90’s, but inside the car it got up to 30-40 degrees higher than that. Samantha Harper was taken into custody and charged with: especially aggravated child abuse. Following her arrest officers have now condemned Harper’s home stating that the residence was in “deplorable conditions”. She is now sitting in jail under a $200,000 bond with more charges pending. Her first court date is Aug.9th.   Read SamanthaHarper_warrants.

Source: WKRN and WSMV