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.
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.’
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.