NEW YORK (AP) — A mother is defending her husband in the deaths of infant twins he left in a hot car in New York City while working an eight-hour shift.

Marissa Rodriguez says her husband, Juan Rodriguez, is a good person and would never have hurt the children intentionally.

She said in a statement to NBC New York that she is “hurting more than I ever imagined possible.”

She said her husband “will never forgive himself for this mistake.”

Juan Rodriguez is charged with two counts each of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

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Police said he discovered the twins, Phoenix and Luna Rodriguez, on Friday after finishing work at a Bronx hospital.

He told authorities he thought he had dropped them off at a day care before starting his shift.

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