Dad pleads guilty in hot car deaths of 1-year-old twins: DA
The babies, Luna Rodriguez and Phoenix Rodriguez, died in July 2019.
June 23, 2020, 8:46 PM
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A father has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment in the hot car deaths of his one-year-old twins, New York prosecutors said Tuesday.
Juan Rodriguez, 39, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said.
The twins, Luna Rodriguez and Phoenix Rodriguez, died on July 26, 2019, when Rodriguez left them for about eight hours in the backseat of his car while he went to work in the Bronx, according to Clark.
“The children were strapped in their car seats throughout the hot summer day, with no windows open,” Clark said in a statement Tuesday. “These babies suffered horribly.”
When Rodriguez left work, he drove for two blocks and then realized his children were unresponsive in the backseat, prosecutors said.
The babies, who were declared dead at the scene, died of hyperthermia, prosecutors said. The temperature inside the car was over 100 degrees and their bodies reached 108 degrees.