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Mom apologizes to twin daughters who died in hot car

Posted at 3:29 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 15:29:12-04

ATLANTA -- The mother of the 15-month-old twin girls who died in a hot car last week said their deaths came the same day she let their father care for them for the very first time.

Breal Ellis said she left the girls in his care so should could be with her sister -- who had been in a car accident.

"I was with them every day and the one day I left, I just want to tell them sorry," Ellis told WSB. "I know God took them so I could take care of my sister. My kids didn't have any sins, so I know they're happy."

Alaynah and Ariel died August 4 when their father left them in a hot car, police said.

He is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

Ellis plans to lay her girls to rest on Thursday.

"They didn't deserve to die like that, or die period. But I know they're in heaven."

Film maker Tyler Perry has offered to pay for the girls' funerals.