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.
Angelina Rodriguez, who turned five months early last week, was declared dead at Lurie Children's Hospital at 3:36 p.m. Monday. Angelina was initially taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston from her family home in the 2500 block of West Fitch Avenue Friday morning.
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
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. Rodriguez and Petrov were drinking liquor in the room where the baby was sleeping when the girl woke and started crying.
After Petrov tried giving the baby a bottle and she continued to wail, the mother set Angelina on the bed.
At that point, Rodriguez put his hand over the baby’s mouth to stop her from crying.
It worked, but then Angelina started crying again 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.
Angelina's body went limp after Rodriguez put his hand over her mouth for a third time.
Petrov was present and did nothing.
Rodriguez then put the infant back into her playpen, and the couple went to sleep.
Petrov woke around 7 a.m. Friday and got another child in her home ready for school before she went back to sleep.
Rodriguez and Petrov both awoke again around 11 a.m. and found the baby stiff and unresponsive in her playpen.
They tried to revive the baby by throwing water in her face and administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation before Petrov called 911