Asa North is in custody after his toddler twin daughters died Thursday after allegedly being left in a hot car in Georgia

Blake Bakkila
Aug, 07, 2016

This story originally appeared in PEOPLE.

A man is now in custody for involuntary manslaughter after his toddler twin daughters died Thursday after allegedly being left in a hot car in Georgia, according to several reports.

Police told CNN they believe the two girls died after being reportedly left in a hot car.

"We do believe they were left in the car for a period of time," Carrollton, Georgia police Capt. Chris Dobbs said, according CNN. Autopsies were to be conducted Friday morning.

Neighbors called 911 after hearing "screaming and yelling" coming from a duplex, and authorities claim they found Asa North trying to revive his daughters, Ariel and Alaynah North, in a kiddie pool, according to CNN. The network also reported that neighbors were seen trying to cool the twins' body temperatures with ice packs. They were taken to a local hospital, but did not survive.

Authorities told WSB-TV Atlanta that they believe North may have been drinking and accidentally left his daughters in his car. The station also reported Friday marked the 10th anniversary of North's father's death.

A judge told North that the charges were so serious and because of his six previous arrests, he was denied bond, according to WSB-TV Atlanta. He is currently faces charges including two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of reckless conduct, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office jail records. It is not known how he pled.

The twins' mother was out of town visiting a sick relative when her children died, according to Fox 4 News.

"I can tell people that he loved his babies," Asa's aunt Audrey North. "He was very proud of them from the day they was born, they was a pound apiece."

North also commented on her nephew's drinking habits.

"He drinks, but you know, he's aware of what's going on," she said. "But all we know to do right now is pray."

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