A father in Georgia has been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his toddler twin daughters.
While allegedly intoxicated on alcohol, the man left the girls in his SUV for an unknown amount of time. Neighbors called police when they heard screaming; it is unclear if the screaming came from the toddlers or their father or someone else.
By the time police arrived, the girls were out of the car and the father had them in a kiddie pool, with neighbors trying to cool them off with ice packs. They were transported to the hospital but neither survived.
Police are waiting for the results of the autopsies to definitively say whether or not the girls died because of the heat in the car. They are also waiting for the father’s intoxication screening results to determine if his alcohol consumption contributed to the deaths.
Counting these twins, 26 children have died in 2016 from being left in a hot car. Some advocates for kids and car safety are calling on the auto industry to implement technology that could prevent these types of situations. This could be anything from alerting the driver when someone under a certain weight has been left in the car for a certain amount of time to something that alerts the driver when the car has gotten too hot with someone left inside.
One such advocate, Janet Fennell points out that cars can alert drivers when their headlights have been left on, recognizing that drivers are human. She asks why a dead battery is more important than a dead baby.