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Father charged over the deaths of twins in hot car is released on bail

Juan Rodriguez has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide over the deaths of his one-year-old twins Luna and Phoenix
The social worker, 39, accidentally left the babies in the back seat of his car on Friday while he worked an eight hour shift at a veterans hospital in The Bronx
He returned to discover the children dead and ‘foaming at the mouth’
Rodriguez wailed in agony during his first court appearance on Saturday, as prosecutors described how the twins’ body temperatures reached 108F
He posted a $100,000 bond and was released from custody on Saturday evening

 

The New York City father whose one-year-old twins died after he accidentally left them inside his hot car has collapsed into the arms of his wife following his release from prison on bail.

Juan Rodriguez, 39, was seen weeping as he hugged his spouse Marissa outside Bronx Criminal Court on Saturday after posting a $100,000 bond.

The social worker and Iraq War veteran has been charged with two counts of manslaughter and two counts of criminally negligent homicide over the deaths of his daughter Luna and son Phoenix.

He has entered not guilty pleas on all counts.

Rodriguez reportedly forgot to drop the twins off at daycare on Friday morning, leaving them to swelter in the back of his Honda Accord for eight hours while he was working at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in The Bronx.

He found the babies dead and ‘foaming at the mouth’ shortly after he finished his shift and returned to his vehicle at 4pm.

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Juan Rodriguez, 39, was seen weeping as he hugged his wife Marissa outside Bronx Criminal Court on Saturday after posting a $100,000 bond. The social worker has been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide after accidentally leaving his one-year-old twins to die inside his hot car in The Bronx on Friday

 

Juan Rodriguez, 39, was seen weeping as he hugged his wife Marissa outside Bronx Criminal Court on Saturday after posting a $100,000 bond. The social worker has been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide after accidentally leaving his one-year-old twins to die inside his hot car in The Bronx on Friday.

 

Rodriguez was clearly overwhelmed as he was embraced his wife after being released on a $100,000 bond

Juan Rodriguez, 39, was seen weeping as he hugged his wife Marissa outside Bronx Criminal Court on Saturday after posting a $100,000 bond.

 

Rodriguez wailed in agony as prosecutors detailed how the twins' bodies each reached a temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit

 

Rodriguez was clearly overwhelmed as he was embraced his wife after being released on a $100,000 bond +17
Around 50 relatives turned out to support Rodriguez in court on Saturday

Rodriguez is pictured with his wife and their twins Luna and Phoenix in a recent family photo

 

Rodriguez wailed in agony as prosecutors detailed how the twins’ bodies each reached a temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit

Rodriguez is pictured with his wife and their twins Luna and Phoenix in a recent family photo

Rodriguez is pictured with his wife and their twins Luna and Phoenix in a recent family photo

 

The father parked his Honda Accord (pictured) at the Veterans Hospital where he worked shortly after 8am on Friday. He forgot his twins were sitting on the back seat

The father parked his Honda Accord (pictured) at the Veterans Hospital where he worked shortly after 8am on Friday. He forgot his twins were sitting on the back seat

 

On Saturday, close to 50 relatives turned out to support a devastated Rodriguez during his first court appearance.

The father was clad in a turquoise t-shirt and jeans – the same outfit he wore to work on Friday.

Rodriguez – who has three older children – wailed in agony as prosecutors detailed how the twins’ bodies each reached a temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit.

Temperatures in New York City reached 86 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday.

‘This is a tragedy of horrific proportions,’ Rodriguez’s defense attorney Joey Jackson told the judge as his client sobbed beside him.

The lawyer later held a press conference with Rodriguez’s wife, Marissa, who brought along the couple’s four-year-old child to the hearing.

‘He was inconsolable, and he is still trying to come to terms with the horrific nature of this crime,’ Jackson is quoted as saying in The New York Daily News.

Rodriguez’s mother was one of the family members who turned out to the hearing -and was clearly anguished by the loss of her two grandchildren.

Waiting for court proceedings to commence, she repeatedly cried: ‘My grandbabies!’ in Spanish.

She later told The New York Post she feared for her son’s mental state.

‘Do you know what I’m scared of? When he gets out, he can’t handle it. He’s going to need help.’

 

'This is a tragedy of horrific proportions,' Rodriguez's defense attorney Joey Jackson (right) told the judge as his client sobbed beside him

‘This is a tragedy of horrific proportions,’ Rodriguez’s defense attorney Joey Jackson (right) told the judge as his client sobbed beside him
Rodriguez was clad in a turquoise t-shirt and jeans - the same outfit he wore to work on Friday

Rodriguez was clad in a turquoise t-shirt and jeans – the same outfit he wore to work on Friday/

 

Rodriguez's wife, Marissa (left), is dealing with the tragic death of her twin babies, but is steadfastly supporting her husband

Rodriguez’s wife, Marissa (left), is dealing with the tragic death of her twin babies, but is steadfastly supporting her husband .

 

According to a police report, Rodriguez returned to his car minutes before 4pm on Friday and was driving for around 10 minutes before he realized his babies were in the backseat and pulled over.

After making the tragic discovery, the father reportedly burst into screams which attracted the attention of a bystander who quickly called 911.

‘I assumed I dropped them off at day care before I went to work,’ Rodriguez reportedly told cops who arrived at the scene.

‘I blanked out! I My babies are dead! I killed my babies!’ he allegedly wailed.

Meanwhile, shocked neighbors have described Rodriguez as a devoted father.

In addition to the three children he shared with wife Marissa, he has two older children from a previous marriage.

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

‘Always in the yard playing. They had a big camp-out last weekend, with tents in the backyard. He would always play catch or basketball with his older kid.’

A family friend similarly told The New York Post that Rodriguez is ‘an amazing guy’.

‘He’s always been there for his kids. Always. This is just a horrible situation,’ the pal said.

Facebook photos show Rodriguez as a devoted family man who was frequently pictured doting on the twins.

Shocked neighbors have described Rodriguez as a devoted father. He is pictured doting on  twins Luna and Phoenix in a Facebook photo taken last year

Shocked neighbors have described Rodriguez as a devoted father. He is pictured doting on twins Luna and Phoenix in a Facebook photo taken last yearRodriguez reportedly forgot to drop the twins, Luna and son Phoenix, off at daycare on Friday morning, leaving them to swelter in the back of his Honda Accord

Rodriguez reportedly forgot to drop the twins, Luna and son Phoenix, off at daycare on Friday morning, leaving them to swelter in the back of his Honda Accord

Juan and Marissa Rodriguez are pictured together last years, prior to the birth of their twins Luna and Phoenix

 

Juan and Marissa Rodriguez are pictured together last years, prior to the birth of their twins Luna and Phoenix

Rodriguez is pictured with his wife and other family members shortly after the births of Luna and Phoenix last year

Rodriguez is pictured with his wife and other family members shortly after the births of Luna and Phoenix last year
Rodriguez is pictured with his wife and other family members shortly after the births of Luna and Phoenix last year

Police covered the silver Honda Accord with a white sheet and scaffolding as they conducted their investigation. They charged him with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide early on Saturday morning

Police covered the silver Honda Accord with a white sheet and scaffolding as they conducted their investigation. They charged him with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide early on Saturday morning +17
Police covered the silver Honda Accord with a white sheet and scaffolding as they conducted their investigation. They charged him with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide early on Saturday morning

One image shows the social worker peacefully sleeping with the babies lying on his chest shortly after their births.

Rodriguez served as a soldier in Iraq, and worked to support fellow veterans at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center where he was employed as a social worker.

His clients include homeless, disabled, and HIV positive veterans, according to his lawyer.

Rodriguez is an Iraq War veteran who now works works as a social worker helping others who have served in the armed forces. He is pictured here in his military uniform with members of his family

Rodriguez is an Iraq War veteran who now works works as a social worker helping others who have served in the armed forces. He is pictured here in his military uniform with members of his family
Doting dad: The social worker is seen with one of the twins on a family day out

Doting dad: The social worker is seen with one of the twins on a family day out

Police quickly descended upon the tragic scene, and the father of the twins was arrested and taken into custody

Police quickly descended upon the tragic scene, and the father of the twins was arrested and taken into custody

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