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Dad of twins, 1, who were left to roast to death in car will not face charges

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A dad whose twin sons died after he forgot to drop them off at daycare and left them in a car all day will face no criminal charges, police say.

Tragic tots Bryson and Brayden McDaniel, 20 months, were found in the family car outside of Sunshine House Learning Academy in Columbia, South Carolina, the US, on September 1.

The twins died from heat exposure as the car reached an internal temperature of up to 48C, according to Richland County Coroner Nadia Rutherford.

The lads had been strapped in their seats where they had been for nine and a half hours, but the unnamed father will not face charges, MailOnline reports.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told a press conference that the local solicitor's office had decided not to press charges.

He called the deaths a "tragic accident" and admitted the dad's police interview was the most "heart-wrenching".

Lott said: "The pure emotion that came out was not something that you could fake. It didn't happen on purpose, he didn't mean to do it.

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"It's a parent's worst nightmare. It's also a community's worst nightmare too, because so many people cared about these two young people."

Lott also reported the father was under immense pressure at work, although he could not say what exactly, and he suspected that contributed to the tragic deaths.

The Sheriff's department reported that the dad thought he had dropped the children off that morning, but they were actually sat in the SUV in rear-facing car seats.

Officials are now urging parents with newer vehicles that are equipped with backseat reminder systems to keep them on, despite the annoying noise.

The coroner is also calling on all daycare and childcare workers to call parents if children do not arrive.

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