The mother whose one-year-old twins died in a hot car swore to assist her husband after being accused of manslaughter in the horror accident.
& # 39; I will never get over this loss and I know that he will never forgive himself for this mistake & # 39 ;, Marissa Rodriguez said in a statement to NBC News on Sunday.
The daughter and son of the heartbroken mother, Luna and Phoenix, were found dead Friday in the family's car after Juan Rodriguez forgot to drop the babies off at daycare before going to an eight-hour service at a veteran hospital. went to The Bronx.
The father, social worker and veteran from the war in Iraq, was found guilty of two counts of manslaughter and two counts of criminally negligent murder.
& # 39; This was a terrible accident and I need him by my side to endure this together & # 39 ;, said Marissa Rodriguez.
& # 39; Although I hurt more than I ever thought possible, I still love my husband. He is a good person and a great father and I know he would never have done anything to intentionally hurt our children. & # 39;
She has asked for privacy, so that the couple can mourn, be strong and be present for our other children & # 39 ;.
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Marissa Rodriguez, whose one-year-old twins died after being left in a sizzling car for eight hours on Friday, has vowed to assist her husband Juan while confronted with manslaughter and criminally negligent charges in the horror accident she & # 39; my worst & # 39; called nightmare & # 39;
& # 39; I will never get over this loss and I know he will never forgive himself for this mistake & # 39 ;, said Marissa Rodriguez in a statement on Sunday. She is depicted with Juan and the three older children of the couple after the twins, Luna and Phoenix, were born
Rodriguez moaned in agony in court on Saturday when prosecutors described in detail how the twins' bodies reached a temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit after eight hours in the intense heat
The father cried in the arms of his wife outside of the Bronx Criminal Court after placing a $ 100,000 bond
Marissa Rodriguez sobs outside the Bronx Criminal Court on Saturday while her husband's lawyer, Joey Jackson, defended his client before the press
Juan Rodriguez collapsed into his wife's arms and cried outside the Bronx Criminal Court after placing a $ 100,000 bond on Saturday.
He is said to have left his children for eight hours in his Honda Accord while working at the James J Peters VA Medical Center and temperatures outside rose to nearly 90 degrees in New York City.
The father returned to his car just before 4 pm and drove about 10 minutes before he realized that the baby & # 39; s in the back seat & # 39; were foaming at the mouth & # 39 ;.
After he had made the tragic discovery, he burst out screaming that it caught the attention of a bystander who quickly called 911.
& # 39; I assumed I dropped them off at the day care center before going to work, & # 39; he said allegedly to the police who arrived on the spot.
& # 39; I refused! I My babies are dead! I killed my baby & # 39; s! & # 39;
Meanwhile, shocked neighbors have described Rodriguez as a dedicated father.
In addition to the three children he shared with wife Marissa, he has two older children from a previous marriage.
& # 39; He always did things with the children, & # 39; told a neighbor The New York Post.
& # 39; Always playing in the garden. They had a big camp last weekend, with tents in the back yard. He would always catch or play basketball with his older child. & # 39;
A friend of the family told The New York Post in the same way that Rodriguez & # 39; a great guy & # 39; is.
& # 39; He has always been there for his children. Always. This is just a terrible situation, & the friend said.
Facebook photos show Rodriguez as a dedicated family man who was often depicted on twins.
Rodriguez is said to have forgotten to let the twins, son Phoenix and daughter Luna (photo), go to a daycare center on Friday morning, leaving them behind in his Honda Accord
Shocked neighbors described Rodriguez as a dedicated father. He loves to see the twins
& # 39; Although I hurt more than I ever thought possible, I still love my husband, & # 39; said Marissa Rodriguez. & # 39; He is a good person and a great father and I know he would never have done anything to intentionally hurt our children. & # 39; The pair was pictured together last year
The father parked his Honda Accord (photo) outside the James J Peters VA Medical Center and went in shortly after 8 o'clock Friday for work, forgetting that the twins were sitting in the backseat
About 50 family members were found to support a destroyed Rodriguez during his first trial on Saturday.
The father was dressed in a turquoise T-shirt and jeans – the same outfit he wore on Friday to work.
Rodriguez wailed in pain when the prosecutors described in detail how the twins' bodies each reached a temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit.
& # 39; This is a tragedy of horrible proportions, & # 39; said Rodriguez & # 39; s lawyer Joey Jackson to the judge while his client sobbed beside him.
The lawyer later held a press conference with the wife of Rodriguez, Marissa, who took the couple's four-year-old child to the hearing.
& # 39; He was inconsolable and is still trying to cope with the horrific nature of this crime & # 39 ;, Jackson said The New York Daily News.
Rodriguez's mother was one of the relatives who turned to the hearing – and was clearly tormented by the loss of her two grandchildren.
Pending legal proceedings, she repeatedly shouted: & # 39; My grandparents! & # 39; in Spanish.
She told it later The New York Post she feared the mental state of her son.
& # 39; Do you know what I'm afraid of? If he gets out, he can't stand it. He needs help. & # 39;
Jackson said that Rodriguez served as a soldier in Iraq and worked to support fellow veterans in the medical center where he worked as a social worker.
His clients are homeless, disabled and HIV-positive veterans, according to his lawyer.
Rodriguez, social worker and war veteran from Iraq, pleaded not guilty of two counts of manslaughter and two counts of criminally negligent murder
About 50 family members were found to support Rodriguez during his first trial on Saturday. The visibly destroyed father was wearing the same outfit he saw the day before
In addition to the three children that Rodriguez shared with wife Marissa, he has two older children from a previous marriage
Rodriguez is pictured with his wife and their twins Luna and Phoenix in a recent family photo
The police covered the car with a white sheet and scaffolding while they were investigating. Rodriguez is said to have told officers: & I have shut myself out! I My babies are dead! I killed my baby & # 39; s! & # 39;
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