Father Accused In Twins’ Hot Car Deaths Faces Judge

Father Accused In Twins’ Hot Car Deaths Faces Judge

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A FATHER IN COURT. SHOULD HE BE INDICTED FOR THE DEATH OF HIS TWINS AFTER LEAVING THEM IN A HOT CAR. GOOD EVENING, I’M KRISTINE JOHNSON. STREAMING ON CBS2 IN NEW YORK, THAT FATHER FACES A JUDGE TODAY IN THE BRONX FOR WHAT HE SAID A TRAGIC MISTAKE. ANDREA GRYMES HAS MORE. Reporter: JUAN RODRIGUEZ HUGGED LOVED ONES OUTSIDE COURT WHILE INSIDE HE WALKED WITH HIS WIFE, THREE CHILDREN, AND HIS MOTHER. A SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR THE DAD WHO MADE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES ACCUSED OF FORGETTING TO DROP OFF HIS 1-YEAR-OLD TWINS AT DAYCARE. LEAVING THEM TO DIE IN THE BACKSEAT OF HIS SWELTERING CAR. I FEEL REAL SAD, YOU KNOW. THAT’S MY NEPHEW. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. JUAN IS AN EXCELLENT FATHER. Reporter: IN A QUICK HEARING, BRONX PROSECUTORS TOLD THE JUDGE THEIR INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. AT THIS POINT ONE MONTH IN THE CASE HAS NOT BEEN REFERRED TO A GRAND JURY AND NONE OF THE CHARGES HAD BEEN DROPPED. RODRIGUEZ FACES TWO COUNTS EACH OF SECOND-DEGREE MANSLAUGHTER, CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE, AND ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD. DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOEY JACKSON. I DON’TDEGRUDGE THEM FOR DOTTING THEIR I’S AND T’S, THERE ARE TWO BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN GONE. Reporter: RODRIGUEZ HAS BEEN FULLY TRANSPARENT WITH PROSECUTORS, ALLOWING HIM TO SEARCH HIS CELL PHONE AND GIVING A FULL TIMELINE OF WHAT HAPPENED BACK ON JULY 26. THE IRAQ WAR VETERAN FROM ROCKLAND COUNTY HAD DRIVEN TO WORK AT THE BRONX VA HOSPITAL. WHEN HE RETURNED TO HIS PARKED CAR SOME EIGHT HOURS LATER AND STARTED TO DRIVE AWAY, HE NOTICED LITTLE LUNA AND PHOENIX DEAD IN THE BACKSEAT. IT IS SOMETHING I HOPE THIS RESOLVES ITSELF IN A WAY THAT IS FAVORABLE TO MR. RODRIGUEZ AND HIS FAMILY. THEY HAVE SUFFERED AND CONTINUE TO SUFFER. Reporter: RODRIGUEZ IS DUE BACK IN COURT ON SEPTEMBER 24. IN THE MEANTIME HIS ATTORNEY SAYS THE FAMILY IS WORKING ON DEVELOPING A FOUNDATION IN MEMORY OF THE TWINS AND ALSO TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT HOT CAR DEATHS. OUTSIDE THE BRONX COUNTY HALL OF JUSTICE, ANDREA GRYMES, CBS2 NEWS. ACCORDING TO THE NONPROFIT, KIDSINCARS.ORG, 36 CHILDREN HAVE DIED ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN CARS SO FAR. 13 SINCE THE RODRIGUEZ TWINS. THE GROUP SAYS ROUGHLY HALF THE

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