Twin girls dead after being left in hot car

CARROLLTON, Ga. — Police in Carrollton, Georgia, confirm 15-month-old twin girls are dead after being found in a hot car.

When officers arrived on the scene, neighbors were holding the twin girls in a pool. The neighbors also used ice packs in an attempt to get their temperatures down.

The twins were transported to the hospital where they were both pronounced dead.

Police and those close to the family have a lot of questions. The father of the twins is being questioned by investigators.

"Only (their father) knows the answer about what happened today, but I hope and pray it was an accident," family friend, Regina Cleveland, said. "There's no reason for it, and I'm hoping that maybe he didn't mean to do it because this is something he's going to have to live with for the rest of his life."

The victim's mother was at a hospital in Atlanta all day after being involved in a car accident.

Police arrest father after twin girls die in hot car

Two twin 15-month-old girls died in a car in Carrollton Thursday evening, police said.

Asa North, the girls’ father, is facing charges of two counts of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct in their deaths, according to Channel 2 Action News.

When officers pulled up to Tillman Drive, people motioned for them to head toward the back of an apartment complex.

Police arrest father after twin girls die in hot car photo
Asa North (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
That’s where residents were holding two unresponsive girls — Ariel Roxanne North and Alaynah Maryanne North — in a pool, trying to revive them, the television station reported. Others held ice packs and hugged as the reality of the situation set in.

Paramedics rushed the twins to Tanner Medical Center, but they were pronounced dead.

Police took Asa North, 24, to the station for questioning and later arrested the man. The mother was in Atlanta all day checking on a family member who was in a car crash. She later arrived to the hospital in Carrollton. Police told Channel 2 she was “absolutely devastated.”

A friend of the family told Channel 2 she prays the deaths were accidental.

“There’s no reason for it,” Regina Cleveland told Channel 2. “I’m hoping he didn’t mean to do it because this is something he’s going to have to live with for the rest of his life.”

A Nissan SUV parked at the complex may have been where the girls overheated, Channel 2 reported.

An investigation is ongoing.