Father Charged in Hot Car Deaths of 1-Year-Old Twins: Police - NBC New York

Father Charged in Hot Car Deaths of 1-Year-Old Twins: Police

The father didn’t realize his kids were in there until after he left for the day around 4:30 p.m., with the twins inside the car for eight hours

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    Father Forgot Infant Twins in Back of Car: Police

    Cops said Friday that a father went to work and left his twin infant children in the back seat for his entire eight-hour shift. When he saw them on his drive home, he immediately stopped, but it was too late. NBC 4 New York's George Spencer reports.

    (Published Friday, July 26, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Two infants were found dead in a car in the Bronx Friday afternoon after the children’s father forgot they were in there, according to cops

    • The children, 11-month-old boy and girl twins, were in the back seat as the father left for work Friday morning

    • The father didn’t realize the kids were in there until after he left for the day around 4:30 p.m., with the twins inside the car for 8 hours

    A father was charged in the deaths of his 1-year-old twins, who he forgot in the car while he went to work, police said Saturday. 

    Juan Rodriguez, 39, of Congers, was charged with two counts of manslaughter and two counts of negligent homicide, the NYPD said. 

    He pleaded not guilty, saying that leaving the babies in the car was unintentional. Bail was set at $100,000 or $50,000 cash. 

    The children, 1-year-old twin boy and girl Phoenix and Mariza Rodriguez, were in the back seat of their father's Honda as he left for work 8 a.m. Friday, according to police.

    Twin Infants Found Dead in Car in Bronx

    [NY] Twin Infants Found Dead in Car in Bronx
    The twin's father is being questioned by police, and it is believed he may have forgotten his kids were in the car with him when he went to work Friday morning — with the kids alone in the car for eight hours. NBC 4 New York's George Spencer reports.
    (Published Friday, July 26, 2019)

    The father parked in an employee lot at the Fordham Manor VA Hospital where he works as a social worker, and didn’t realize his children were in there until after he left for the day around 4:30 p.m., cops said — meaning the children were stuck in the car for around 8 hours.

    The father began driving home when he saw the kids in the backseat, an FDNY official said. He immediately pulled over just blocks away from where he works and called 911, fire officials said.

    First responders found the man with his car near the intersection of West Kingsbridge Road and Kingsbridge Terrace. The children were foaming at the mouth when they arrived, a source with the FDNY told News 4, and the first responders tried to perform CPR. The children were later pronounced dead.

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    City councilman Fernando Cabrera called for support of several efforts to prevent hot car deaths, including educational campaigns and technology to remind parents that kids are still in a car. 

    “My heart is broken,” Cabrera said. “Two innocent babies lost their lives, dying from heat in a parked car at a major facility in an area of heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic. This happens far too often, even with caring parents who cannot explain why it happened.”

    A cause of death has not yet been determined by the medical examiner.

    An investigation is ongoing.

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