A father believed to have left his twin 1-year-old children in a hot car for hours has been arraigned on multiple charges, according to local sources. The New York man was arrested after the children were found unresponsive and were later pronounced dead. The man has retained the support of a private criminal defense attorney, and was slated for his next court appearance on Aug. 1, which will determine his indictment status.
According to the tragic report, the 39-year-old man took his twin children to work with him at a VA hospital in the Bronx. The children were reportedly left in the back of his vehicle for the duration of his 8-hour shift, during which time temperatures reached the mid-80s according to the National Weather Service. The children were discovered by New York police and were unresponsive and unconscious by that time. They were both pronounced dead at the scene by local coroners, who are in the process of determining their cause of death.
The father was arrested on charges of manslaughter, negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child. He paid half of his $100,000 bond and was released, although the presiding judge in his case recommended that he be placed on suicide watch, citing the man's "fragile" mental state. If he is convicted, he could spend the next 20 years in prison.
The death of a child is an unspeakable tragedy, and it seems unlikely that any parent would welcome such a tragic scenario. The man's criminal defense representation will review the events leading up to the deaths of the children to determine what may have motivated the man to leave his children in this situation. They will work to build a compelling case to defend him against the charges filed by carefully reviewing any evidence brought forward by New York prosecutors.