Mother Finds Strength to Forgive Husband after He Accidentally Killed Their Twin Toddlers

Lois Oladejo
Dec 12, 2021
05:00 A.M.
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A mother's world came crumbling down after receiving an emergency call from her husband saying he had left their twin toddlers in his car after forgetting to take them to daycare.

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Every parent dreads the day they lose their little one, and for Marissa Quattrone Rodriguez, she never imagined a day would come when she would bid her beloved twins farewell, but it happened sooner than she thought.

Rodriguez had made grand plans for her children. She planned to take them to the beach for what would have been their first visit, but a series of tragic events left her with nothing but regrets and bitterness.

Marissa Quattrone Rodriguez, her husband and kids in a picture together | Photo: twitter.com/DailyMirror twitter.com/nypost

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JUAN FORGOT TO DROP THE KIDS

Rodriguez's twins Luna and Phoenix were just one-year-old when their father, Juan, forgot to take them to daycare before leaving for work in New York in July 2019. Instead, he left the toddlers in his car, and soon, the temperature increased to dangerous levels.

Juan had called her from work to tell her that she needed to pick up the kids from daycare since he had spent the day counseling disabled veterans at a hospital. It wasn't a particularly strange demand. The two talked about who would pick up the kids regularly.

After a while, Rodriguez noticed something odd from her husband that made her realize an ongoing emergency. He called her, and after he could not reach her, he left an odd message.

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She could hear her husband screaming that he had killed their babies. At first, she found it difficult to understand what he was saying, but she realized deep pain in his voice.

Juan only realized he hadn't taken the twins to daycare that day after looking in the side mirror of his Honda sedan after his shift. Marissa dashed out of her office and drove over to Juan's workplace immediately after receiving the message. The street was sealed off with caution tape, and officers wouldn't let her get close to the family car.

A CHANGED LIFE

Juan was arrested, but the moment was life-shattering for the heartbroken mom. She could not recover from her loss, and it was then she realized that several kids had also passed on this way.

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Although there were scientific explanations for Juan's actions, he could not stop feeling he had failed his infants. He believed that if he had been more careful, then their babies would still be here.

Years after the incident, Rodriguez and her husband tried to continue living and keep things together for the sake of their other children, but deep within, they felt the pain of their lost kids.

Juan was able to escape a prison sentence, but he lost the trust of his grieving wife, who wanted to leave their marriage. Rodriguez said she was filled with anger until she later realized that Juan would never have deliberately tried to harm their kids.

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FORGIVENESS

She never thought she would forgive him, but two years later, she summoned the courage to do so, and now, they are focused on remembering their little ones and moving on as a family. Juan has also become an activist to help raise awareness on children being left in cars.

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