Father charged in deaths of twins apparently left in car
27 Jul 2019
New York City’s iconic Chrysler Building that was opened in 1930 on East 42nd Street is seen in Manhattan, New York. File photo/ Reuters
A father has been charged in the deaths of infants twins who were apparently left in a car for hours while he put in a day at work.
New York City police announced early on Saturday that 39-year-old Juan Rodriguez was charged with two counts each of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Police had said Rodriguez discovered Phoenix and Mariza Rodriguez around 4pm in the Bronx.
The 1-year-old twins were pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators believe Rodriguez had parked the car on Friday morning near his workplace, a hospital. Police had said it appears he drove off after finishing work before realizing the children were in the back seat and frantically summoning help.
A cause of death hasn’t yet been determined.
It’s unclear whether Rodriguez has a lawyer to speak on his behalf.