Georgia police are investigating after twin 15-month-old girls died Thursday after being left behind inside a hot car, despite efforts by their father to cool them down with water from a pool.
The children appeared to have been overheated, but police are still investigating the circumstances, Capt. Chris Dobbs of the Carrollton Police Department told BuzzFeed News.
“He was trying to get water to them,” he said. “We are investigating it as a heat-related death.”
Officers were called just before 7 p.m. to an apartment building in Carrollton, Dobbs said, after witnesses saw the father carrying the toddlers toward a kids' swimming pool. When officers arrived, the father of the two girls was seen trying to cool them down with water.
Police found the father's car with two child seats in the back, Dobbs said, but it was not immediately clear whether the girls had been in the car and, if they had been, for how long.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures had reached the upper 90s in the area.
The twins, who were unresponsive, were taken to a nearby hospital where they were pronounced dead.
By Thursday night, officers were still speaking with the father about what happened, Dobbs said.
The girls' mother, he said, was in Atlanta at the time. No arrests have been made.