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

A prosecutor chose not to charge Juan Rodriguez with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide but said the district attorney would decide whether to pursue the case further.
1:39 | 08/02/19

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tonight, the emotional day in court. The Iraq veteran and father charged in the death of his 1-year-old twins after he left them in an overheated car in the bronx. He was in court today, holding his 2-year-old son. You can see his tearful wife there on his arm. The father saying it was all a tragic mistake, and what prosecutors have decided for now. Here's ABC's gio Benitez. Reporter: Tonight, a family in anguish. The father of those 1-year-old twins standing outside a new York court clutching an older his wife grieving by his side. This, after a prosecutor chose to not move forward at this time with charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide against Juan Rodriguez. Rodriguez allegedly telling police he left twins Luna and Phoenix for eight hours in a sweltering car last week, discovering them on his way home from work. He was going around the car, yelling and screaming, "It's not my fault, it was an accident." Reporter: Rodriguez, a hospital social worker, barely able to keep his composure in court Saturday, sobbing uncontrollably. My client, if he could bring back time, certainly would do that. Reporter: Data shows that 43% of hot car cases deemed accidental resulted in no charges. Today, that prosecutor saying it will take weeks to determine if they'll pursue this case any further. Obviously, the district attorney wants to ensure that there was no crime here, that there was no intent, that there was no criminality. We believe that's exactly what they'll find. Reporter: And David, tonight, the family lawyer says they are pushing for new laws to make every car alert parents about children in the backseat. Gio Benitez tonight. Gio, thank you. President trump tonight

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