Crowd cheers outside courthouse as father leaves custody after Bronx twins’ hot car death

Family and fans celebrated as Juan Rodriguez left prison only one day after his one-year-old twins died inside a hot vehicle in the Bronx. Rodriguez confessed to the police that he forgot Luna and Phoenix Rodriguez were in the backseat. He went to work for the day and found them eight hours later.

The 39-year-old dad was then taken in for questioning and finally charged.

Rodriguez informed the police that he left one of his three-year-old kids at a house in Westchester and then went to work at the Bronx VA Medical Center around 8:00 a.m. He claims to have forgotten the kids were in their rear-facing vehicle seats. He didn’t get more than a few blocks before discovering the children in the back seat “foaming at the mouth” and called 911. He immediately pulled over and screamed for help.

Rodriguez was charged with two counts of manslaughter and two counts of criminally negligent homicide. Rodriguez wept throughout his appearance in the trial, but when his attorney began talking about the twins, he began to sob and shake. His bail was put at $50,000 in cash and $100,000 in bonds.

“My client is heartbroken,” said attorney Joey Jackson. “He certainly understands the gravity of what occurred. His family understands the gravity of what occurred. They are strong, they are resilient, and they will get through this very difficult and trying time.”

Thoughtful mourners have since placed flowers, candles and stuffed animals close to where the car had been parked in the Bronx.

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