Published: Mon, July 29, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Infant twins die after apparently being left in vehicle in NYC

Infant twins die after apparently being left in vehicle in NYC

The 39-year-old is charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide but has received unconditional support from neighbors in his community who believe there is no way Rodriguez did this on objective.

The New York Police Department said the boy and girl, identified as Mariza and Phoenix Rodriguez of nearby Rockland County, New York, were found unconscious and unresponsive in the back seat of the Honda. Emergency responders arrived at around 4:08 p.m. and pronounced the children dead on the scene, police say.

The father of the two children had left them in the vehicle when he went to work.

New York City police said the boy and girl were discovered dead in a auto in the Bronx on Friday afternoon.

The father charged in the death of his 1-year-old twin babies pleaded not guilty in Bronx Criminal Court Saturday night.

"An wonderful guy", Barros, told The Post of Rodriguez.

"They were July babies".

By all accounts, he was a doting dad to his year-old, twin son and daughter, setting up a bouncy castle in the yard for their recent first birthday party and dressing them in their latest cute outfits while his wife made breakfast in their split-level home.

'He was always doing things with the kids, ' a neighbor told The New York Post.

Temperatures in the area were in the mid-80s at the time. The interior of a closed auto left out in the warm weather can reach temperatures significantly higher.

Children's bodies can heat up three to five times faster than an adult's body, AAA/Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Tracy Noble previously told New Jersey 101.5.

About 38 children die of vehicular heatstroke each year, according to kidsandcars.org, an organization which tracks the deaths. All of these deaths were preventable, the website said. He allegedly did not realize his children had been sitting in the vehicle for hours. "For example, a dark dashboard, steering wheel, or seat temperatures often are in the range of 180 to over 200 degrees F", it stated.

In a statement provided to CNN, the mother of the twins said she was in "disbelief" about the "horrific accident".

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