July 28, 2019
Juan Rodriguez was a good man!
He was stressed!
About racism and white supremacy in the White House!
(Sorry, I can’t think of anything funny right now, as this story is so morbid. But actually yes – they will say Donald Trump’s evil hatred for all non-orange skin colors caused this.)
By all accounts, he was a doting dad to his year-old, twin son and daughter, setting up a bouncy castle in the yard for their recent first birthday party and dressing them in their latest cute outfits while his wife made breakfast in their Rockland County split-level.
Then, on Saturday, Juan Rodriguez, 39, was hauled handcuffed before a judge, charged with the babies’ hot-car deaths.
He forgot to drop them off at their day care Friday morning, Rodriguez has told cops — 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.
Everyone makes mistakes!
He just FORGOT!
Eight hours later, the twins, Luna and Phoenix, registered an internal temperature of 108 degrees when coroners examined their bodies in their car seats.
“I assumed I dropped them off at day care before I went to work,” Rodriguez told cops at the scene, according to the criminal complaint against him.
“I blanked out!” he cried.
“My babies are dead! I killed my babies!”
Rodriguez was still sobbing at his arraignment Saturday night before Bronx Criminal Court Justice Patsy Goldborne.
A disabled Iraq war veteran, he still wore the same turquoise blue polo shirt he’d worn Friday as he cared for homeless and ailing vets at his job at a VA hospital in Kingsbridge — oblivious that his twins were in the back seat of his Honda Accord in the parking lot.
“He carried on with his day,” Assistant District Attorney Jaime Breslin told the judge.
“He forgot his children in the seats.”
“This is a tragedy of horrific proportions,” his lawyer, Joey Jackson, told the judge, who set bail at $100,000.
Two hours later, Rodriguez made bail and was released to his cheering, weeping family members.
Rodriguez exchanged a tight embrace with his crying wife, Marissa — the twins’ mother — when he was released.
The mother had come to court wearing all black, and with the couple’s surviving child, a 4-year-old boy, in tow.
The dad had dropped the boy off at a different day care before forgetting the twin babies, officials said.
The mom held the boy on her lap as she waited in a second-floor holding area for the arraignment to begin. With her were some two dozen family members and friends.
At one point, the mom broke into loud, hysterical sobs as she embraced a female relative.
At another point, Rodriguez’s mother, Cathelina Valerio, cried out, “Mis nietos! Mis nietos!” — my grandchildren — as she hugged a male family member.
“Do you know what I’m scared of?” she told The Post. “When he gets out, he can’t handle it. He’s going to need help.”
He’s the real victim here.
The dead kids are… well, that’s gross, but we’ve got so many goddamn Mexicans in this country, I don’t think anyone is going to miss two of them.
I mean. I’m not even being racist here. As far as I’m aware, Mexicans are completely interchangeable. So two of them dying means absolutely nothing.
But a man who killed his own kids by forgetting about them in the car – that man is a true tragedy.