No bail for Chicago grandmother charged in murder of 7-month-old girl

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CHICAGO -- Bail has been denied for a grandmother accused of beating, choking, and cutting her granddaughter’s throat with a power saw.

52-year-old Manuela Rodriguez allegedly killed 7-month-old Rose Herrera in the Little Village neighborhood Monday apparently because the infant wouldn’t stop crying.

Autopsy reports show the girl died of craniocerebral blunt force injuries, caused by multiple blows to her head. A secondary cause was probable suffocation from a sock that was shoved in her mouth.

Officials say Rodriguez then tried to kill herself.

Prosecutors say, and her defense attorney concedes, Rodriguez tried to get psychiatric help prior to the murder she is accused of.  At what point her family knew about that is unclear.

Prosecutors say Rodriguez called her sister after killing the baby, Rosie, on Monday at 7:45 a.m., just minutes after the baby's mother, Rodriguez’s daughter, left for work.  Her sister called Rodriguez's live-in boyfriend and they both went over to the two flat in the 2800 block of South Avers.

Rodriguez was entrusted to care for Rosie every day while her mother worked.  What allegedly made the woman, who was reportedly wonderful and caring and always there for her family, snap is still a mystery.

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