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Police: Twins Dead After Father Leaves Them In Hot Vehicle

| by Michael Howard
Asa North was arrested August 4Asa North was arrested August 4

Two twin sisters are dead after being left in a hot car outside an apartment in Georgia, police say.

The girls' father, Asa North, 24, was arrested on August 4 and charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of reckless conduct, WXIA reports.

The mother was reportedly out of town when the incident occurred.

When police arrived on the scene, neighbors were attempting to lower the toddlers' temperature by holding them in a baby pool and applying ice packs to their bodies.

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"There were some individuals holding the infants in a pool and actually had some ice packs also," Carrollton Police Capt. Chris Dobbs said. "What they said [was that they were] attempting to cool the kids off."

The 15-month-old twins were transported to a nearby hospital, but doctors were not able to revive them.

"It's sad," neighbor Regina Cleveland said. "Because I have grandchildren and I can't even imagine my grandkids leaving me, and especially under those conditions ... It was so hot today"

At least 24 children have died in 2016 as a result of being left in a hot car, according to CNN. On average, 37 children die from heat stroke inside a vehicle annually. The vast majority of them, 87 percent, are 3-years-old or younger.

"The biggest mistake people make is thinking that it can't happen to them," Janette Fennell, founder of KidsAndCars, said. "Everyone should practice those safety measures and do whatever they have to do to remind themselves to check the back seat."

She recommends keeping something vital, like a cell phone or hand bag, in your backseat so you will remember to go back there before exiting your vehicle.

Sources: WXIA, CNN / Photo Credit: Carrollton Police Department via New York Daily News

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