Chicago grandmother charged after baby killed with power saw

Manuela Rodriguez, grandmother of baby killed in Chicago
Manuela Rodriguez

CHICAGO (WKRN) – A grandmother in Chicago was charged with first degree murder in the death of her 7-month-granddaughter Wednesday.

According to WLS-TV, Manuela Rodriguez, 52, was babysitting her granddaughter Rose Herrera on Monday when prosecutors say she called her sister.

“The defendant admitted to her sister that she’d killed her 7-month-old granddaughter,” said Barry Quinn, assistant state’s attorney.

On Wednesday, prosecutors recounted the gruesome details about what allegedly happened in the Chicago apartment.

Baby Killed in Chicago
Courtesy: WLS-TV

They say Rodriguez beat, suffocated, and cut the throat of the baby because she wouldn’t stop crying.

Prosecutors said she then tried to kill herself by cutting her own throat, WLS-TV reports.

“Visible blunt force trauma to both sides of head, sock shoved into mouth. They also observed deep cuts to baby’s neck, throat and chest,” Asst. DA Quinn said.

Police retrieved a pipe wrench and power saw from the apartment.

Rodriguez’s attorney said she had sought mental health treatment and calls what happened a tragedy.

“You have a child being cared for by someone who’s trusted to the family, someone who’s always been there for not just family but for everybody else,” said Ignatius Villasenor, Rodriguez’s attorney.

Rodriguez was ordered to be held without bail. The judge called her a danger to society and a danger to herself.

She’ll soon be transferred to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

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