After their twins died in a hot car, the mother of the babies has come forward to share her thoughts about her husband, who left them there to die in the sweltering heat. She called the babies’ deaths “my worst nightmare” and admits that the twins’ father “will never forgive himself for this mistake,” which seems like a horrible punishment for any parent to endure for the remainder of their lives.
Although the man was charged with manslaughter, the mother of the twins insists that she will stand by her husband. The tragedy was something that both of them have been forced to endure and was not anything he ever meant to do. It was a real mistake, although it was a mistake with life-changing and horrific consequences.
Just two days after her babies died, Marissa Rodriguez released a statement to the public. In the statement, she made it abundantly clear that she does not plan to abandon her husband.
“I will never get over this loss, and I know he will never forgive himself for this mistake,” she said in her statement to NBC News.
The heartbroken mother lost her daughter and son, Luna and Phoenix, when her husband, Juan Rodriguez, forgot to drop the babies off at their daycare center on Friday. Instead, he drove the car to his job at the veterans’ hospital in The Bronx to work an eight-hour shift.
The father, who served in the Iraq War and now works as a social worker, has since pleaded not guilty to the two counts of manslaughter and two counts of criminally negligent homicide.
The reason he pleaded not guilty because he insists it was all just a horrible accident.
“This was a horrific accident, and I need him by my side to go through this together,” the large-hearted mother said. “Though I’m hurting more than I ever imagined possible, I still love my husband. He is a good person and great father, and I know he would’ve never done anything to hurt our children intentionally.”
Because both she and her husband are suffering, Marissa asked the media for privacy as they “grieve, be strong, and be present for our other children.”
When the family posted the $100,000 bond, Juan collapsed into his wife’s arms outside of the Bronx Criminal Court.
The incident was horrific and terrible. Juan accidentally allowed his twins to die in the blistering heat. They were strapped in car seats in the back of his Honda Accord for eight hours while he served veterans at the J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx. Meanwhile, temperatures in New York City climbed into the 90s. In the car, the heat rose to more than 108 degrees.
When cops arrived, he told them through screams of agony: “I assumed I dropped them off at daycare before I went to work. I blanked out! My babies are dead! I killed my babies!”