New York dad pleads not guilty in deaths of twins in car

The medical examiner's office has yet to determine the cause of death, and police say the investigation is ongoing.

Rodriguez pleaded not guilty, O'Shaughnessy said.

The boy and girl were pronounced dead at the scene. He is due back in court August 1.

Investigators deem Rodriguez parked a silver Honda Accord with the twins, Phoenix and Luna, in vehicle seats in the again.

He forgot to drop them off at their day care Friday morning, the U.S. dad has told police- and didn't realize they were still in the back seat when he parked at the Bronx hospital where he's a social worker, court papers reveal.

A licensed social worker and military veteran, he was still wearing the same turquoise blue polo shirt he'd worn Friday, as he cared for homeless and disabled vets at his job at a VA hospital in Kingsbridge.

The twins were identified as Mariza and Phoenix Rodriguez.

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Children's bodies can heat up three to five times faster than an adult's body, AAA/Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Tracy Noble previously told New Jersey 101.5.

Jackson said prior to being called to represent Rodriguez, the two didn't know each other.

"Though I am hurting more than I ever imagined possible, I still love my husband", Marissa Rodriguez said.

Neighbors described Rodriguez as a good father in interviews with the Post.

The family had just celebrated the twins' first birthday with a big party, a neighbour said.

"He's always been an fantastic father.

As matter of respect to the family during this hard time, and with due regard to their privacy, we have no further comment at this time", Connell said in a statement. The mother is "not believing what happened", he said. "I'm at a loss". "I'm at a loss". While the situation is now under the jurisdiction of local authorities, we offer our honest and heartfelt condolences to the family.

  • Sonia Alvarado