Dad allegedly drinking while twins died in hot car indicted

Father indicted in twins' hot car death

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -- A grand jury indicted the father of twin girls who died while sitting inside a hot SUV at the beginning of August.

Asa North, 24, was indicted on two counts of murder in the second degree, two counts of cruelty to children in the second degree and one count of possession of less than 1 oz. of marijuana.

Police said Ariel Roxanne and Alaynah Marianne North, both 15 months old, died after being left in their car seats in the back of their dad's SUV. They were sitting outside of a Tillman Drive apartment.

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Police said North had been drinking with a cousin before he went driving. According to the Carrollton Police Department incident report, an officer arrived to find Travis North "extremely intoxicated and was combative."

According to the a joint news release from the Carroll County District Attorney's Office and the Carrollton Police Department, second-degree murder is an offense defined by causing the death of a child by committing the crime of cruelty to children in the second degree. That crime is defined by causing a child cruel and excessive physical or mental pain through criminal negligence. 

HOW QUICKLY A CAR HEATS UP

It is a dangerous misconception that these types of deaths only happen on very hot days. This graphic shows just how quickly a car can heat up on a warm, or even cool day.

Sadly, this type of tragedy happens all too often. Federal statistics show that since 1998, more than 687 children nationwide have died from being left in hot cars.

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