Black father charged in hot car death of twins

Asa North (Photo Source: (CARROLLTON POLICE DEPARTMENT)

Despite repeated warnings, some parents are still leaving their children unattended in a hot car during the summer heat. Tragically, another case of hot-car death has taken place in the city of Carrollton, Georgia. Asa North, 24, left his twin 16-month-old daughters in his parked SUV while he was in an apartment. When he returned to his vehicle, both toddlers were unresponsive.

The father frantically yelled for help and tried to revive the girls in a kiddie pool. Nearby residents of the complex rushed to his aid with ice packs. When emergency services arrived the girls, identified as Ariel and Alaynah, were rushed to the hospital where they were pronounced dead. Police questioned the father for several hours before arresting North. He has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of reckless conduct and is in the Carroll County Jail. At this time, authorities are stating that they do not believe North’s actions were intentional. The mother of the children was at an Atlanta hospital visiting her sister, who was injured in a car crash. Family members and friends have stated that all are devastated over the deaths of the toddlers.

Ariel and Alaynah

Temperatures in Georgia have been above the 90 degree mark throughout the state. Last year, multiple instances of parents leaving children unattended in cars resulted in death. Justin Ross Harris allegedly forgot his son was in the backseat of his car while he went to work at Home Depot. The nursery for his son is located at the Home Depot Corporate campus in Atlanta and was within minutes of Harris’ workplace. Sadly, 22-month-old Cooper Harris died of hyperthermia as temperatures in the car exceeded 100 degrees. On this past July 3, during a bond hearing, prosecutor’s revealed startling evidence that brings into question whether Harris acted deliberately in causing his son’s death. It was later determined that Harris was using dating apps on his phone while his son was in the car.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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