Twin babies found dead in Bronx car; Father tells police he forgot they were there

KINGSBRIDGE, Bronx -- Police say twin babies died inside a car in the Bronx after their father told police he forgot they were there, went to work for the day, and found them hours later.

The one-year-olds, identified as Mariza and Phoenix Rodriguez were found around 4:00 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Kingsbridge Terrace and Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge.

The 39-year-old father from Rockland County, is being questioned by police. He told them he dropped one of his children, a three-year-old, at a home in Westchester, and then drove to work at the VA Medical Center in the Bronx around 8:00 a.m. and forgot the children were in their rear-facing car seats when he parked, police said.

He said he went back into his car in the afternoon after his eight-hour shift, and started to drive away, according to police. He drove for two blocks before discovering the children in the back seat 'foaming at the mouth' and called 911.

Police say he pulled over and screamed for help.

The father was taken into custody for questioning, but so far no charges have been filed.

Police are investigating the incident as an accidental hot car death.

"This is a horrific situation. It is early in the investigative process; we will release more information as it becomes available," and NYPD spokesperson said

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