Crime Twin Infants Found Dead in Car 'Foaming at the Mouth' After Being 'Forgotten' Inside All Day The father of the twins has since been taken into custody as authorities continue to investigate the tragedy By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 27, 2019 01:02 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: ABC7 Twin infants tragically died on Friday after they were left inside a hot vehicle in New York City all day while their father was at work and allegedly did not realize his children had been sitting in the car for hours. The babies’ father, 39, has since been taken into custody as authorities investigate the heartbreaking incident that claimed the lives of both 1-year-old infants, who were identified by police as Mariza and Phoenix Rodriguez of Rockland County, New York. A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department tells PEOPLE that the tragedy unfolded in the Bronx just after 4 p.m. “On July 26, 2019, at 1608 hours police responded to a report of an aided male inside of a vehicle at West Kingsbridge Road and Kingsbridge Terrace, within the confines of the 50 Precinct,” the spokesperson says. Calif. Mom Murdered Daughter, 3, by Leaving Her in Hot Car for 9 Hours to Remove ‘Lustful Demons’ “Upon arrival officers discovered a 1-year-old female and a 1-year-old male unconscious and unresponsive seated in the rear of a Honda sedan,” the spokesperson continues. “EMS responded and pronounced them both deceased at the scene.” The Medical Examiner’s office is now working to determine the cause of death while the investigation remains ongoing, according to the spokesperson. Though the father was not identified, ABC 7 reports that he allegedly told authorities he had driven to work at the VA Medical Center around 8 a.m. and then parked his car, forgetting that his two infants were in their rear-facing car seats. RELATED VIDEO: Texas Mom Gets 20 Years After Hot Car Deaths of Children She Locked Inside to Teach a ‘Lesson’ After returning to his vehicle hours later, the man told police he began to drive away and didn’t notice his children were in the backseat until he was two blocks away from work. At that point, it was tragically too late as the man recalled seeing his babies “foaming at the mouth” in the backseat of his car. He then pulled over and called 911, but was later taken into custody for questioning, according to ABC 7. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. The outlet also reports that police are investigating the incident as an accidental hot car death. As of Friday evening, no charges had been filed against the father, according to the local news station.