$10M bail set for accused child-killer

April 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, April 1 (UPI) -- After an Illinois judge set bail of $10 million for a Chicago man accused of killing a girl, 3, deputies restrained another man who cried for "my baby."

Jessie B. Rodriguez, 43, is charged with first-degree murder in the death last week of Gina Presley, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday.

During the hearing for Rodriguez, a man in the courtroom stood and shouted, "There should be no bail!" the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Deputies ordered the man to be quiet but he continued, saying someone should "gouge his eyeballs!"

He was wrestled to the floor by deputies as he cried for "my baby."

The man was later released without charges.

Rodriguez was caring for Gina Tuesday night while her aunt, who had raised the girl since she was 6 months old, went to work, said Assistant State's Attorney Christina Kye. Rodriguez had recently moved into the home after dating the aunt for six months.

When the aunt returned late that evening, Rodriguez told her the child had been choking, police said.

Paramedics found the girl unresponsive and she was pronounced dead early the next day.

An autopsy revealed she died of blunt force trauma to the head, officials said.

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