Dad charged after twin infants die in hot car

A New York father has been charged with two counts each of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide after his twin infants were found dead in a hot car.

Police say the father, Juan Rodriguez, parked his car on Friday morning and went to work at a hospital in the Bronx where he was employed as a social worker.

He returned eight hours later after working his shift and drove about two blocks before realising the twins had been in the back seat all day.

Police say the frantic father called emergency services but his one-year-old daughter Mariza and her twin brother Phoenix were already dead.

"He was going crazy. He didn't know what he's gonna do," witness Enis Kricic told CBS New York.

"The vehicle had tinted windows, so it was almost impossible for anybody to notice that the children were there," NYC councillor Fernando Cabrera said.

Temperatures were over 30C/85F in New York City on Friday. The Medical Examiner's office will determine the cause of death, which is believed to be heat exhaustion. The investigation is ongoing.

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