04/15/2013 11:41 am ET Updated Apr 16, 2013

Rigoberto Rodriguez Smothered Baby Daughter: Angelina Rodriguez, 5-Month-Old, Dies From Abuse

A 5-month-old baby in Chicago has died after her father allegedly smothered her with his hand to stop her from crying, all while the child's mother watched.

Angelina Rodriguez was pronounced dead at Lurie Children's Hospital at 3:36 p.m. Monday, DNAinfo Chicago reports citing the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Angelina's father, Rodrigo Rodriguez, 29, and her mother — Rodriguez's girlfriend — Angela Petrov, 21, were each charged with aggravated battery to a child, according to ABC Chicago.

"My son is not a murderer," Rodriguez's mother, Crucita Rivera said before Angelina died Monday, according to DNAinfo.

Rodriguez and Petrov were allegedly drinking in the room where their daughter slept Thursday evening in the couple's West Ridge home in the 2500 block of West Fitch Avenue when the baby started crying. The Sun-Times reports prosecutors say after trying to give the baby a bottle, Rodriguez put his hand over the baby’s mouth to stop her from crying, even as the infant gasped for air.

After repeatedly covering his daughter's mouth — all while Petrov watched — the baby went limp; the couple then put her in a playpen and had sex, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Buck said during a bond court hearing Sunday, according to DNAinfo Chicago.

Around 11 a.m. the next day, the couple noticed the baby was stiff and unresponsive in the playpen, so Buck said they threw water on her face and tried to perform CPR before Petrov called 911.

The infant suffered brain swelling because of a lack of oxygen, according to court records, the Tribune reports.

The baby was moved from an Evanston hospital to the Lurie Children's Hospital because of the nature of her injuries. The Tribune reports doctors also believe the baby may have been abused before on account of a blown pupil caused by brain swelling.

There are three children in the home, and two belong to Rodriguez, the Sun-Times reports. A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said the baby girl’s siblings have been removed from the couple’s home and placed in the care of a relative.

WGN reports in separate hearings, a judge ordered both to be held in lieu of $5 million bond.


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