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Aunt's Boyfriend Charged with Murder in 3-Year-Old Girl's Death

Jessie B. Rodriguez, 42, of Chicago, is the boyfriend of Gina Presely's legal guardian, police said. He has been charged with first degree murder following the girl's death on Tuesday.

A 42-year-old Chicago man is accused of killing a 3-year-old girl inside her Oak Forest home.

Jessie B. Rodriguez, 42, was charged with first degree murder on Saturday, according to police. Gina Presley, 3, of the 15300 block of Walnut Road was pronounced dead on Tuesday. Police said the Cook Count medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide.

Rodriguez is the boyfriend of Presley's aunt and legal guardian, police said. He was living in Oak Forest despite having a Chicago address. Rodriguez was one of two people held for questioning by Oak Forest police following the girl's death inside the Walnut Road home. He will be taken to Cook County jail on Saturday to await a bond hearing.

The other person held by Oak Forest police has not been identified and is working with police.

Authorities have confirmed one prior report of alleged abuse involving Presley from March 19. Police said on Friday the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services was involved with family. A spokesman for the agency told Patch that the girl had not been under their protective custody.

Police received a 911 call at about 11:22 p.m. on Tuesday saying that the 3-year-old girl was choking. She was later pronounced dead. Police said an autopsy determined she died of blunt force trauma to the head.

"A child homicide motivates everyone in law enforcement to determine what happened and who is responsible," said Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson, in a media release. "This is not consolation for the family or the community and only begins to provide a response to such a horrific act."

The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and the Oak Forest Police Department are working together in the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Oak Forest Police Department at 708-687-1376.

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Linda A. April 11, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Any word on if an announcement was ever made?
Tony April 11, 2013 at 02:16 PM
There was no announcement, there was a misunderstanding by someone. His next court date is 4/23/13 9am Bridgeview rm 103.
Linda A. April 11, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Thanks Tony!
Frank Rozhon April 13, 2013 at 07:07 PM
That was me. That homicidal psychopath stabbed me NINE times in the back.
Melinda April 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Ok enough about POS boyfriend ,I want To know about POS aunt Kim that works at a school ? Others have posted that along with married last name and address so you can just do a property search to see owners name wow husbands comes up to. Humm is the Tony that's posting above. I think it could be ? So what's the real story that poor lil girl is gone for what? POS Aunt wanted a guy in her bed more then this child in her life ? We're drugs involved? Where was grandparents gosh if it was cops in family other article comments says so What's the secret? Where was husband or x by now ? So many many questions ,why ???that sweet baby lost her life in the POS Aunt care SheShouldBe Charged!!!!! Why so Long to call for Help if choking and a bruised face? Oh yeah vomit on toddlers room floor question after question unanswered ? For all parties involved I pray you never have a nights rest again

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