Charges on hold for father in twins' hot-car death

An attorney for Juan Rodriguez, who left his twin toddlers in the car, said he and his family "will be dedicating their life to the cause of ensuring this does not happen to anyone else again."
3:36 | 08/02/19

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We have a parenting warning after the tragic death of twins in a hot car. Prosecutors do not plan to take the case against the twins' father to a grand jury for now. Diane Macedo is here, and there is a big push right now for safety measures that some say might be able to help. Reporter: New cars already warn you if you forgot your seat belt, the headlights, the key fob, and some makers want to mandate they remind you if your child is in the back. This tragedy shows this technology is vital. This morning, a grieving family who lost their 1-year-old twins in a hot car are now hoping to prevent other families from suffering the same tragedy. Mr. Rodriguez and his family will certainly be dedicating their life to the cause of insuring that this does not happen again. Reporter: Rodriguez dropped his 4-year-old son off at day care, but says he forgot his 1-year-old twins, Luna and Felix were in their car seats. A critical social worker and Iraqi war vet, left his children in the sweltering car for eight hours. Rodriguez told police it was a tragic mistake and he thought he had dropped them off at day care, and quote, blanked. The case has been put on hold pending further investigation. My client and his family will be working with the legislature when they gain the strength to do so, in ensuring that other people are protected. Reporter: According to "The New York Times," last weekend Rodriguez, a father of five reached out to a psychology professor who studies why parents forget their children in cars. He was allegedly hoping for insight understanding his lapse in memory. You have two kids in there? It's too hot for this. Reporter: This dramatic moment was caught on police bodycam when a mom accidentally locked two toddlers in her car on a hundred-degree day. Experts say it can happen to anyone. It happened to this mother last year. I'm a nurse and, like, I hear these stories and I have four kids and I always say, how could that possibly ever happen? Reporter: According to the nonprofit, kids in cars, last year there were 52 hot car deaths involving children. The highest number in recent years. It is a huge responsibility taking care of a child and helping them live and helping them thrive, and that there are so many risks, and all of a sudden, you are acutely aware of how fallible you are. Reporter: It is worth noting that some cars already incorporate backseat reminder technologies. It already exists, but this new legislation would mandate this become standard in all new vehicles across all auto makers. What are new details about this technology? So GM and Nissan already incorporate a technology that works by sensing whether or not you open the back door before the trip. It will tell you to check the backseat. Hyundai and Kia detect motion in the backseat. There are also -- I should add, car seats and car seat attachments that are activated by either the chest clip or the weight of the child. They can remind you the child is in the back, and there are free apps like waze, which many of us already use, and you can set a reminder when you reach your destination, to say, remember your child is in the back. It's worth it to get it and try these solutions. You don't need more things like this to happen. It doesn't absolve importants from having to remember kids are in the back, but it gives you that extra layer of safety. Different kind of story right now. That multimillion dollar penalty for Katy Perry. She was forced to pay for it

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