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Couple charged after baby smothered, left brain dead

A Chicago man is accused of smothering his 5-month-old daughter to stop her crying, leaving her brain dead and on life support.

Investigators say Rigoberto Rodriguez, 29, put his hand over the baby’s mouth three different times, long enough to leave the child brain dead.

Police believe Angela Petrov, the mother of the child, looked on as Rodriguez smothered the baby.

Rodriguez and Petrov were reportedly drinking at the time.

Both are charged with aggravated battery and are being held in lieu of $5 million bond.

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63 Comments to “Couple charged after baby smothered, left brain dead”

    Fed up said:
    April 14, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Really? They look like suck nice people.

    Sentinel said:
    April 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Smother both of them too!

      WTE said:
      April 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      That is what they need

      Rob said:
      April 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      All i got to say is they better get a life sentence, or i have no faith in justice

    Fed up said:
    April 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    They may actually have to report positive news then!

    renee said:
    April 14, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    people like that dont deserve children

      sharong4 said:
      April 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      I have to agree there.

      vjh said:
      April 17, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      People like that don't deserve the oxygen they use up!

    Rebelsdf said:
    April 14, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Why aren't they being charged with murder? Too bad Illinois doesn't have the death penalty anymore.

      Tired of the Morons said:
      April 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      The baby isn't dead yet. It's still on life support.

      PHoebi said:
      April 15, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      That kind of easy way out for them. They should be torture little by little. If I could have my own law I will make them suffer until their last breath…

      guest said:
      April 16, 2013 at 7:28 AM

      because, domestic violence laws suck..same way a man can beat his wife into a coma and get charged with injury to a family member…we still do not protect women and children enough from the men they are related too. Yes I realize(example right here in this story) that women can be cruel too, but the volume in which men are killing and hurting on a daily basis is out of control in the world..just pathetic

        Real Deal said:
        April 16, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        Hey woman fought hard for equal rights, so they have the equal right to get smacked around like a man would. Woman should go out and get firearm training and take their defense into their own hands.

    Tony said:
    April 14, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Mike, the Obamas are wonderful parents. Love–don't hate.

      Jasmine said:
      April 14, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      I think he meant that these are exactly the kind of people Obama's Medicaid/ welfare system supports. Yes, they scream Obama!

    Friday said:
    April 14, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    A couple more animals headed for their cage.

    SHARON said:
    April 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    what about those flea bitting dog people

    Trucker said:
    April 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    So Sad that HELL lives on earth.

      sharong4 said:
      April 15, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      You are sooooooooo right.

    Tired of the Morons said:
    April 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    They don't make it an everyday occurrence like buying milk and bread. You stupid apes do though.

    Humanity said:
    April 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    I saw this on the news and thought "How could someone even be like that?"

    Then I read the comments on here and the whole thing didn't even seem surprising to me anymore

      lovingmommy said:
      April 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      I wasn't a supporter of cruel punishment (like that you see overseas,) until i read this. They need to remove her uterus and cut his genitals off. People like this should NEVER be allowed to have children again! So many couples struggle each day and pay thousands of dollars to have children and these idiots decide to play GOD! i'm disgusted!

    Sentinel said:
    April 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Yeah, anytime you say something absolutely true, they delete it! WTF!

    Wisconsinite said:
    April 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Read just yesterday more beds were added @ Cook County jail.at least they will have comfortable place @ you guy's expense!

    keeping real said:
    April 15, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    baby is with god now or hope in a better place then those animals parents!!!!

      sharong4 said:
      April 15, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      I heard that.

    wisconsinman said:
    April 15, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    and who pays for there 3 square meals a day? we do the tax payers…why don't we get to say what happens to people like this????????….cut there hands off so they can't do this to any other baby!!….or just kill em.

    Sick said:
    April 15, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    These two remarkable people have public Facebook pages. Her interests include "Being a Good Mom" and "Jesus." His FB is equally disgusting….she thanks him for being a good daddy on his page. I could scream. I hope someone is holding that precious baby at Lurie before they take her off life support. Her last life experience should be about comfort and love….not the treatment by these worthless monsters.

      Deborah Hurley said:
      April 17, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      There aren't words enough to espresso the rage I feel every time a situation similar to this occurs. Yes, it sounds like alcohol was involved. Well, tough. There was alcohol involved in Ohio where an upstanding citizen raped and killed a 6 month girl. He claims he should get clemency because he "only meant to rape her, not kill her". These people should spontaneously combust just thinking about harming a child.

      Guest said:
      April 18, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      At what point did you think it a productive idea to check out their FaceBook page? ! Kinda ….creepy

    sharong4 said:
    April 15, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Why do they always have to be welfare babies? There are a lot of White Collar people that do the same thing, or worse.

    WTE said:
    April 15, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Ever read the comments on those stories?

    I bet not. Lot of nasty comments.

    You sir are a racist

    WTE said:
    April 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    This animal was not aware that babies cry? When they do that that means they need something or they are uncomfortable. Or maybe they just want some comfort in being in mommie or daddies arms being held and feeling protected.

    These two are trash and deserve to be treated as such. I hope they rot

      Tired of the Morons said:
      April 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      And lucky us. We can to support them until they die. Bring back the death penalty.

        Boody's Mom said:
        April 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Doubt they'd get the penalty anyway. It's not pre-meditated murder.

    sharong4 said:
    April 15, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    First, what do you mean Obama's kind of people? Thier children are being raised properly. And Jasmine, you need to get a life. Everyone is not on welfare and does not receive Medicaid. Welfare and Medicaid has been going on longgggggggg before Obama.

      Kay said:
      April 15, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      First learn how to spell "Their". Then try selling some of the gold to put some food on the table. I'm so tired of supporting these"Morons" on welfare or in prison.

        Guest said:
        April 16, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        wow Kay, a typo gets you all bent out of shape…welfare been around long before Obama so please, cry a new tune will you GOP lapdogs

        Real Deal said:
        April 16, 2013 at 8:29 AM

        Data is really easy to find and interpret Guest. Look at the number of people on welfare in the past 10 yrs, then re-evaluate your dumb comment.

        TaxPayer said:
        April 16, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        Since President Obama hasn't been president for the last 10 years, we can safely say, the increase in welfare recipients started before his term…thanks Real Deal…you really cleared that up. We now know the rise in welfare was indeed Bush's fault.

        karen said:
        April 16, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Obama is cleaning up a lot of the Bush's mess.

    sharong4 said:
    April 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Amen to that Dave.

    sharong4 said:
    April 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    When people have children they should know what to expect. Especially if you have siblings. They should know that babies cry, need feeding, diapers need changing and they need a lot of love. If you can't give that to a child, "DON'T HAVE ANY". I am so tired at listeng at what people are doing to their children when there are people out there trying to have some and can't. Give the children up so they can possibly have a better home. Why make the children suffer because you are miserable and can't do what you want to anymore. That is why there is so much trouble in the world today. YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN. As long as they are out of your hair, it;s ok. No it's not ok. The grave yards are filling up with babies and young adults. The S**t has to stop now.

    DONNA said:
    April 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I can't stop crying for that little angel.

    AnMDBCartoon said:
    April 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    And to think that Illinois did what was FAIR and JUST…by ABOLISHING The Death Penalty…

    mother of 4--annie said:
    April 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    And Ryan, who has the blood of six children on his fat hands abolished the death penalty. All legislation enacted during his time in office should be reversed. Both of the parents should be charged with murder.

    ANGIE said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    they make me sick! do the same to them! we are way to easy on scum like them. they are suppose to take care of her not kill her! make sure you fix her so she doesn't have any more children to harm and him also.

    speakuporshutup said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Try staying on the main topic and they're are alot of nationalities on Welfare.

    karen said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    what does Obama have to do with, really. get a grip.

    karen said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    you so dang Ignorant, i cant imagine what kind of person you are.

    SkydiverC said:
    April 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    You need a license to drive, but nothing to raise a human being. WTF? Maybe its time to license parents for cryin out loud.

      kirby1414 said:
      April 16, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      And all of the background checks and questions when you adopt a pet…But babies – like you said – any fool can raise a human~

    Elaine said:
    April 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    How disgusting. Children cry. Everyone knows this. Poor little baby. So everyone knows: when someone is taken off life support, it is not a short wait until that person takes their last breath. It is long and drawn out, hours, even days waiting for the person to take their last breath. This poor girl didn't stand a chance with garbage like this for parents. May they suffer greatly.

    Jan said:
    April 16, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Mike you,Eric an idiot. president Obama has nothing to do with this tragedy.

    shawna said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    this has nothing to do with Obama you moron. maybe they r ur kind of people

    Voice of Reason said:
    April 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    This is a prime example of why the bowels of Hell must be exorcised.

    Mel said:
    April 16, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    They're both trash and don't deserve to take up space. Get rid of them.

    SHELLY said:
    April 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    THIS IS JUST AWFUL. IF PEOPLE CANT HANDLE BEING PARENTS THEN I'D SUGGEST KEEP YOUR LEGS CLOSED!!!

    GODS ANGEL said:
    April 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    WHY DOES GOD BLESS WICKED PEOPLE LIKE THEM WITH CHILDREN??????

    alex said:
    April 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I blame all those stupid anti abortionist who insist that all children be born into their very on hell on Earth. Now let's see, how much tax payer money is being spent on this childs medical care? and how much of it will those bleeding hearts pay out of their pockets? I hate these kind of stories cause they're preventable, but what do I know, I just get up and go to work and can't afford to drink after giving birth.

    Cittadina del Mondo said:
    April 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Death penalty would be a prize for these monsters!

    Fry said:
    April 17, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Alex! Very true. License to drive. License to carry protection. License to practice medicine. But the most invaluable resource. Anyone can have. Its sad. You should have to prove your ability to procreate in a manner to further mankind.

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