A Chicago infant has died four days after her father smothered her in an attempt to stop her crying in her family's West Ridge neighborhood home, officials said.
Angelina Rodriguez, who turned five months early last week, was declared dead at Lurie Children's Hospital at 3:36 p.m. Monday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Angelina was initially taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston from her family home in the 2500 block of West Fitch Avenue Friday morning, authorities said.
Rigoberto "Rico" Rodriguez, 29, and Angela Petrov, 21, Angelina's parents, were both initially charged with aggravated battery to a child younger than 13 years old resulting in permanent disability, according to court records.
They were both ordered held in lieu of $5 million bail in a hearing in Cook County Bond Court Sunday. The couple had an abuse allegation lodged against them in January with the Department of Children and Family Services, but Angelina and two siblings were not removed from their parents' care until after the smothering allegation.
Angelina suffered brain swelling because of a lack of oxygen, according to court records, and she is currently on life support with limited or no brain activity.
Doctors also noted a blown pupil caused by brain swelling, according to court records, as well as skull fractures that are believed to be from a prior, unrelated incident.
Angelina was sleeping in her playpen at the couple’s home on the 2500 block of West Fitch Avenue on Thursday, according to court documents. Rodriguez and Petrov were drinking liquor in the room where the baby was sleeping when the girl woke and started crying, court records state.
After Petrov tried giving the baby a bottle and she continued to wail, the mother set Angelina on the bed, according to court documents.
At that point, Rodriguez put his hand over the baby’s mouth to stop her from crying, according to court records.
It worked, but then Angelina started crying again, court records state, and Rodriguez put his hand over her mouth again. The baby gasped for air after he lifted his hand a second time, but then she started crying again, according to court records.
Angelina's body went limp after Rodriguez put his hand over her mouth for a third time, court records state.
Petrov was present and did nothing, according to court records.
Rodriguez then put the infant back into her playpen, and the couple went to sleep, according to court records.
Petrov woke around 7 a.m. Friday and got another child in her home ready for school before she went back to sleep, according to court documents.
Rodriguez and Petrov both awoke again around 11 a.m. and found the baby stiff and unresponsive in her playpen, according to court records.
They tried to revive the baby by throwing water in her face and administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation before Petrov called 911, according to court records.
The girl was initially taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston before being moved to Lurie Children’s Hospital because of the serious nature of her injuries, according to court records.
Rodriguez and Petrov gave different stories to hospital personnel regarding how the infant was injured, according to court records.
Both were arrested Friday at Lurie Children’s Hospital, court records state.
If they make bail, Rodriguez and Petrov were ordered to stay away from where the infant is being cared for and to have no contact with anyone younger than 18, according to court records.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun