The New York Police Division stated in a information launch the boy and lady had been discovered unconscious and unresponsive within the again seat of a Honda sedan within the Bronx. They had been pronounced lifeless on the scene.
The youngsters’s 39-year-old father, Juan Rodriguez, has been charged with two counts of manslaughter and two counts of felony negligent murder, NYPD stated.
Whereas the twins had been within the automobile, the daddy was at work at a close-by VA hospital, officers stated.
Friday’s temperatures within the space reached a excessive of the mid-80s, based on the Nationwide Climate Service.
The New York Metropolis Medical Examiner will decide the twins’ reason for loss of life, police stated. They had been recognized as Mariza and Phoenix Rodriguez of Rockland County.
Juan Rodriguez is a social employee on the hospital, his pal, Temple Barros, 41, advised CNN.
Barros stated Rodriguez and his spouse celebrated the twins’ birthday this month.
“We had an enormous birthday for them,” Barros, the supervisor of an indoor skydiving enterprise, stated. “We had bounce homes, bubble machines. They went all out. They even had moveable air situation machines to maintain individuals cool.
“He is all the time been a tremendous father. No matter they want, he’ll exit and get it.”
He stated the household has a “very shiny” older daughter. The mom is “not believing what occurred,” he stated. “Their parenting is superb. I am at a loss.”
Barros added, “I actually simply noticed the twins an evening earlier than. Their daughter was waving at me within the window.”
Hospital spokesman Jim Connell confirmed Rodriguez is an worker and provided this assertion:
“Your complete hospital neighborhood is saddened by information of this tragic occasion. Whereas the state of affairs is presently below the jurisdiction of native authorities, we provide our honest and heartfelt condolences to the household. As matter of respect to the household throughout this troublesome time, and with due regard to their privateness, we’ve got no additional remark right now.”
CNN’s Laura Ly and Sheena Jones contributed to this report.