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Social worker dad charged over the deaths of his twins is released from custody into the arms of his wife after breaking down in court as he heard how the babies' body temperatures reached 108 degrees

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

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 was clearly overwhelmed as he was embraced his wife after being released on a $100,000 bond
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
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
'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's wife, Marissa (left), is dealing with the tragic death of her twin babies, but is steadfastly supporting her husband
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
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
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

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Comment by Sonji on July 29, 2019 at 3:27pm

I cannot speak for what occurred however as a parent in the earlier stages it was not easy. Sleep deprivation, going through the motions etc takes its toll on an individual.  AS a society we need to create the app that will communicate with the driver that the weight of the car seat has not changed as the temperature rises.  Then their death will not be in vain.  The sadness their village must feel is immeasurable.  May we all learn from this and create the technology needed not to repeat.  Peace to the family and village.  S.

Comment by Cee Gee on July 29, 2019 at 1:46pm

I will continue to say this.....how do you put your kids in a car seat and forget about them????  There were two of them.  They had to have made some kind of noise.  You just don't do that....sorry but these kids died for nothing.

Comment by Lynn on July 29, 2019 at 1:29pm
Let’s see he put the kids in the car. Strapped them in, then went to work and forgot they were there. Is any body believing this. Cold hearted MF
Comment by Al3x on July 28, 2019 at 4:43pm
How can you forget something like that? Are you on crack? It’s people like these who need a vacation in the Dominican Republic.
Comment by mr1stroke on July 28, 2019 at 2:47pm

he sould get the death penalty, any one who cause any pain and such torture to their kids should be shot, he said he went to work and forget them in the car, if a job is that important why did you had kids, those are the same mufuckers who are calling Donald Trump Racist they dont want they dont want him to be president, but those are the same mucfuckers killing their selves to go work for a white boss, no matter how racist those white bosses are you people still walk with your head down with you see them, thats why i dont team up with idiots, you sacrifice your own kids over a dead end job, muufuckers cant even eat with that bpay check, stick a broom up his ass when he gets to jail

Comment by Lori Graham on July 28, 2019 at 2:41pm
So sad how could you not hear them or notice them poor Family such a Loss

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