Georgia twin girls left to die in sweltering car by father who was drinking beforehand

These are the twin girls who died after their father left them in a roasting hot car in 90-degree temperatures outside their Georgia home.

The 16-month-old girls, Ariel and Alaynah North, died on Thursday after they were found unresponsive while strapped in their car seats in the back of an SUV.

Captain Chris Dobbs in Carrollton said on Friday that 24-year-old Asa North ‘had been consuming alcoholic beverages’ before leaving his toddlers in the car.

Asa North is seen here in his mugshot after he was booked on manslaughter charges for the deaths of his twin girls

nvestigators are working to determine how long the girls were left in the car, but with temperatures in the 90s, it would take only a few minutes for the heat to become unbearable.

Police took a blood sample for alcohol and are awaiting results to determine his alcohol level.

North has been jailed on charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

‘We do believe they were left in the car for a period of time,’ said Captain Chris Dobbs of the Carrollton Police Department.

Regina Cleveland, a family friend, told local news station WSB-TV: ‘Only he knows the answer about what happened today, but I hope and pray it was an accident.’

Paramedics took Ariel and Alaynah (pictured) to the Tanner Medical Centre where they were pronounced dead

The twins’ uncle, Donnie Holland, said he guesses the father ‘forgot about the kids and left them in the car’.

‘He should have took care of them kids better than that, what he did,’ Holland said.

‘He should have never been in the house asleep.

‘He should have got the kids out of the car the time he got out of the car, you know.’

Neighbors said North was frantic after the girls were discovered in the car. It was not immediately clear who discovered the girls in the back of the SUV.

‘The neighbors heard some screaming — I guess coming from the father — and saw him running around back with the two children,’ Carrollton police Capt. Chris Dobbs told CBS 46.

When police arrived around 6.30pm on Thursday at the property on Tillman Drive, North, along with neighbors, was desperately trying to revive the twins in a kiddie pool.

Asa North, (pictured) 24, has been arrested after his children, Ariel and Alaynah, were found dead in the back of a baking hot car

Neighbors also arrived with ice packs to try to get the water temperature down, Fox 5 reported.

Temperatures in Carrollton breached 90 degrees in the afternoon, but cooled down later due to a thunder storm.

Paramedics took Ariel and Alaynah to the Tanner Medical Centre less than five minutes away where they were pronounced dead.

On Friday morning, North was charged with two counts of reckless conduct and two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Authorities reported that they do not believe the deaths were intentional.

While authorities are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths, Dobbs said they believe North left the children unattended in the SUV for a certain amount of time.

North was transported to the Carroll County Jail after his arrest.  It is not immediately clear if he has an attorney.

‘It’s just a tragic situation, a sad situation for the whole family and for the community,’ Dobbs told CBS 46.

Police said the twin’s mother was in Atlanta visiting her sister, who had been injured in a car accident.

She arrived at the Tanner Medical Center on Thursday evening, according to police.

Autopsies were being done at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab, and Dobbs said they may help determine how long the girls were left in the car.

However, experts say any length of time in a hot car can kill a child.

The deaths of the twin girls come as prosecutors in another metro Atlanta county prepare for the murder trial of 35-year-old Justin Ross Harris.

Police arrested North Thursday night before charging him the next morning

Harris is accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son to die in a hot SUV for about seven hours on June 18, 2014.

Harris’ trial was moved to the coastal Georgia city of Brunswick after a judge agreed with defense lawyers that an impartial jury could not be found in the Atlanta area.

The trial is expected to begin in September.

Nationwide, the girls who died in Carrollton are the 25th and 26th children to die this year in hot vehicles, more than double the number who had died by this point in the summer during 2015, said Janette Fennell, president and founder of, a group that tracks such deaths each year.

By this time last year, 12 children had died in hot cars, Fennell said in an email on Thursday night.

Temperatures inside a car can become deadly very quickly, with 80 per cent of the increase happening in the first 10 minutes, her group warns on its website.

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