A murder suspect in the death of a 3-year-old Oak Forest, Ill. girl appeared before a judge for an emotional hearing in Cook County Bond Court Sunday.
Jessie B. Rodriguez, 43, is charged with the first-degree murder of 3-year-old Gina Presley, whose aunt and guardian is Rodriguez's girlfriend, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
A man in the courtroom cursed and yelled after Judge James Brown set Rodriguez's at $10 million, the Chicago Tribune reports.
"There should be no bail!" the man reportedly shouted, calling the decision "Horsesh--." Deputies cleared the courtroom for ten minutes, and had to pin the man to the ground as he cried.
The Associated Press reports the man believed to be the girl's father also shouted that someone should "gouge (out) his eyeballs!" in reference to Rodriguez.
Presley, whom authorities say Rodriguez killed “without justification,” died late in the evening of March 26 from head trauma caused by child abuse, CBS Chicago reports according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Assistant State's Attorney Christina Kye said the Gina's aunt had cared for her since she was an infant, and began dating Rodriguez sometime last December; he later moved in with them in the 15300 block of Walnut Road in Oak Forest, according to the Tribune.
Gina's aunt, who was not identified, was praised by friends and neighbors as “a great mom” to the child. The Sun-Times reports the Gina's aunt had been trying to adopt her. “She took care of that little girl and did her darnedest to get custody,” said neighbor Annette Boyle.
Brown ordered Rodriguez to surrender his passport and any weapons and he is scheduled to appear in court April 2.