Marissa Rodriguez pictured with husband Juan and tragic twins Luna and Phoenix (Picture: Facebook)
A devastated mother says she has forgiven her husband for killing their young twins after he accidentally left them locked in a car for eight hours on a sweltering day.
Marissa Rodriguez’s world was ‘shattered’ when Juan forgot to drop one-year-olds Luna and Phoenix at day care before heading to work at a veterans hospital in the Bronx, New York, in July 2019.
He only discovered the tragic mistake when he got back in the Honda sedan at the end of the long shift and looked in the rear view mirror to see the pair still strapped in the back.
Marissa recalled seeing several missed calls before he eventually got through and frantically told her: ‘My love, oh my God, my love… I killed the babies.’
Marissa said ‘everything shattered’ when she found out Luna (left) and Phoenix had died (Picture: Facebook)
She says her life is divided into ‘before and after the twinkies passed’ (Picture: Marissa Rodriguez/Instagram)
The Iraq war veteran was spared a jail sentence after pleading guilty to two misdemeanour charges of reckless endangerment in what the judge described as a ‘tragic, unfortunate’ case.
Marissa admitted she was ‘definitely not always supportive’ of her husband, telling 7news: ‘I was very angry at a lot of people.
‘And when Juan was released from jail they appointed me as his “watch” to make sure he did not kill himself.
‘I admit at the time, I don’t think I cared what he did. I was pushed and pulled in different directions and I just wanted to leave.’
Marissa says she knows Juan would never have intentionally hurt their children (Picture: Facebook)
Her goal then was ‘to keep him out of jail’ (Picture: Facebook)
But she says that as time passed, her ‘anger lessened’ and her ‘understanding grew’.
She said: ‘I know Juan would have never hurt our children intentionally. My goal was then to keep him out of jail.’
In the two and half years that have passed since the tragedy, Marissa says she had Juan have tried to make a ‘normal life’ for themselves and their other children.
But she added: ‘Nothing can bring back the genuine hope and happiness we once possessed.
‘There is never a time now that we simply experience joy, without it hurting a little that they are not here being a part of it.’
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