Georgia father arrested after twin girls die in hot car, police say
(CNN)Police arrested a father after the deaths of his toddler twin daughters who were left in a hot car in western Georgia, authorities say.
“We do believe they were left in the car for a period of time,” Carrollton police Capt. Chris Dobbs said.
Police said they were investigating the case under the assumption the girls died because of the heat inside the car; autopsies were to be conducted Friday morning.
Dobbs said neighbors of the family in Carrollton called 911 on Thursday evening after hearing screaming and yelling.
When police arrived at a duplex, the twins were out of the car and in a kiddie pool, where their father was trying to revive them. Frantic neighbors tried to lower their body temperatures using ice packs, Dobbs said.
The toddlers, Ariel Roxanne North and Alaynah Maryanne North, were transported to the hospital but did not survive.
The twins’ father, Asa North, 24, is expected to be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of reckless conduct, according to Dobbs.
North had been consuming alcohol, and police are investigating whether it played a role in the twins’ deaths, Dobbs said.
Police tested North’s blood-alcohol content and were awaiting the results Friday morning, Dobbs said.
The mother was visiting a sick relative out of town at the time but has since returned to Carrollton, he said. A car at the scene has been impounded.
Preventing hot car deaths
If the investigation confirms the deaths are heat-related, it’ll add to the debate on how to prevent such deaths.
So far this year, at least 24 children in the United States have died as a result of hot cars, according to the national safety advocacy organization KidsAndCars. The deaths of the twins in Georgia, if they’re confirmed to be heat-related, would put that number at 26, the group said.