Carroll County

Tyler Perry offers to pay funeral expenses for twins left in hot car

Tyler Perry offered to pay for funeral expenses for Ariel and Alaynah, who died when they were left inside a hot car on Aug. 4.

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. — Entertainer Tyler Perry has offered to pay for the funeral for twin girls who died inside a hot car in Carrollton last week.

Police say Asa North was drunk when he left his 15-month-old daughters, Ariel and Alaynah, inside his car on Aug. 4. Officers were called to the apartment complex on Tillman Road around 6:30 p.m. and say they found neighbors trying to cool the girls down in the pool with ice packs.

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


Channel 2's Dave Huddleston spoke with the twins' mother, Breal Ellis, on Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m. Monday.

“I was with them every day and the one day I left...I just want to tell them I’m sorry,” she said through tears. “They didn't deserve to die like that or to die, period, but I know they're in heaven.”

In her interview, Ellis said she was having trouble getting the money together to bury her daughters. She said she had created a GoFundMe page and asked the public for help.

After seeing her plea, Perry reached out to Huddleston and offered to cover the funeral expenses.