A set of twin babies were found dead in New York City on Friday afternoon after their dad claimed he forgot them in his hot car.
According to police, the children’s father said he didn’t remember the kids were inside the vehicle when he went to work for the day at a VA medical center in the Bronx.
The victims were approximately 1-year-old twins – boy and girl Mariza and Phoenix Rodriguez, according to WABC.
A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department tells PEOPLE that the tragedy unfolded in the Bronx just after 4 p.m.
“On July 26, 2019, at 1608 hours police responded to a report of an aided male inside of a vehicle at West Kingsbridge Road and Kingsbridge Terrace, within the confines of the 50 Precinct,” the spokesperson says.
“Upon arrival officers discovered a 1-year-old female and a 1-year-old male unconscious and unresponsive seated in the rear of a Honda sedan,” the spokesperson continues. “EMS responded and pronounced them both deceased at the scene.”
The Medical Examiner’s office is now working to determine the cause of death while the investigation remains ongoing, according to the spokesperson.
The father, identified as Juan Rodriguez, was later charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the deaths.
He was charged early Saturday morning.