Granddaughter was beaten with a metal wrench, her mouth stuffed with a sock and then had her throat cut with circular saw, the criminal complaint says.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 11, 2015
Chicago, Illinois – On Wednesday, a Cook County judge decided for Manuela Rodríguez, 52, a Mexican national to be held without bond and was charged with first-degree homicide for Monday’s murder of her granddaughter 7-month-old Rose Herrera. The criminal complaint states, that Rodríguez killed her granddaughter because she wouldn’t stop crying. An autopsy report confirmed that Herrera died from blunt force trauma to the head and suffocation as a contributing factor.
Police say, that Rodríguez had confessed and admitted to hitting Herrera with a metal wrench in the head multiple times and then placed a sock in her mouth to stop her from crying. Afterwards, Rodríguez used a circular saw and cut Herrera’s throat and shoulder. Herrera was already dead before Rodríguez cut her throat, according to the autopsy report.
Rodríguez attempted suicide by cutting herself in the upper chest, but a family member stopped her in time.
Herrera was pronounced death at the scene. Rodríguez took care of her granddaughter while her parents worked. Family members say, Rodríguez suffered from depression and had sought help, but had not shown any signs of hurting her grandchildren when she took care of them.