Mother of 16-month-old twins who died when their father left them in hot car reveals that her first daughter died at 19 days old
Ariel and Alaynah North died outside their Georgia home last Thursday They’d been left strapped in their car seats in 90-degree temperaturesFather Asa North, 24, was arrested and charged with manslaughterTheir mother Breal Ellis has revealed she was rarely apart from girls Ellis says she was careful after her first daughter died in 2014
The devastated mother of twin 16-month-old girls who died after their father left them in a hot car has revealed that she was incredibly overprotective of them after losing her first daughter at just 19 days old.
Ariel and Alaynah North died last Thursday after they were found unresponsive while strapped in their car seats in the back of an SUV outside their home in Carrollton, Georgia.
Police charged their father Asa North, 24, with manslaughter on Friday, alleging that he had been drinking before leaving them in their car seats in 90-degree temperatures.
The girls’ mother Breal Ellis revealed that she was rarely apart from her toddler daughters, who were born several months premature.
￼Devastated mother Breal Ellis revealed that she was incredibly overprotective of her twins after losing her first daughter at just 19 days old￼Ariel and Alaynah North (pictured) died last Thursday after they were found unresponsive while strapped in their car seats in the back of an SUV
Her first daughter, who was also born premature in 2014, had lived for only 19 days, she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Ellis was devastated, but coped with her grief by going to church.
She was delighted to become pregnant a second time and vowed to be the best mother she could, she said. She was hardly ever away from them, she added.
Now, Ellis doesn’t know how she’ll cope with losing them too.
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‘I’m so scared to go to the funeral,’ she told the Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. ‘I feel like God needed them more because they didn’t have any sins.’
She added that she had ‘always dreamed of being a mom’.
Carrollton police Capt. Chris Dobbs said on Friday that North ‘had been consuming alcoholic beverages’ before leaving his toddlers in the car.
￼Paramedics took Ariel and Alaynah (pictured) to the Tanner Medical Center where they were pronounced dead after being left in their car seats in 90-degree temperatures￼Police charged their father Asa North, 24, with manslaughter Friday, alleging that he had been drinking before leaving them in their car seats
Police took a blood sample for alcohol and are awaiting results to determine his blood alcohol content.
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.
‘Only he knows the answer about what happened today, but I hope and pray it was an accident,’ Regina Cleveland, a family friend, told WSB-TV.
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, although it was not immediately clear who found them.
￼North has been jailed on charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct
‘The neighbors heard some screaming — I guess coming from the father — and saw him running around back with the two children,’ Dobbs told CBS 46.
When police arrived at the property on Tillman Drive North at around 6.30pm, North was desperately trying to revive the twins in a kiddie pool.
Neighbors also arrived with ice packs to try to get the water temperature down, Fox 5 reported.
Temperatures in Carrollton reached 90 degrees in the afternoon, but cooled down later due to a thunder storm.
Paramedics took Ariel and Alaynah to the Tanner Medical Centre less than five minutes away, where they were pronounced dead.
Authorities said they do not believe the deaths were intentional.
‘It’s just a tragic situation, a sad situation for the whole family and for the community,’ Dobbs told CBS 46.
Police said the twin’s mother was in Atlanta visiting her sister, who had been injured in a car accident.
She arrived at the Tanner Medical Center on Thursday evening, according to police.
Autopsies were being conducted at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab, and Dobbs said they may help determine how long the girls were left in the car.
However, experts say any length of time in a hot car can kill a child.
The deaths of the twin girls come as prosecutors in another metro Atlanta county prepare for the murder trial of 35-year-old Justin Ross Harris.
Harris is accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son to die in a hot SUV for about seven hours on June 18, 2014.
His trial was moved to the coastal Georgia city of Brunswick after a judge agreed with defense lawyers that an impartial jury could not be found in the Atlanta area.
The trial is expected to begin in September.
Nationwide, the girls who died in Carrollton are the 25th and 26th children to die this year in hot vehicles, more than double the number who had died by this point in the summer last year, said Janette Fennell, president and founder of KidsAndCars.org, a group that tracks such deaths each year.
By this time last year, 12 children had died in hot cars, Fennell said.
Temperatures inside a car can become deadly very quickly, with 80 per cent of the increase happening in the first 10 minutes, her group warns on its website.