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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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Dm March 30, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Yea he is a tough guy. FLIP'IN LOSER. Probely a old gang banger too.
Bob Laird March 30, 2013 at 09:34 PM
dcfs took the child from one family and placed her with these people? wtf? what are we paying for? dcfs just another overpaid government beaurocracy that don't give a crap about anything except their paycheck? you aren't bagging groceries, you're responsible for human lives.
Lori March 30, 2013 at 09:54 PM
This ass need to be hung, shot and beaten to death!! Sick person! Save the taxpayers $. This lil girl was beautiful..such another sad story of what is going on in this world. Rest in peace Gina. Wish someone could of saved you from this beast
Joe Vaccaro March 30, 2013 at 10:24 PM
what a complete piece of garbage waste of life I hope he goes to jail he become somebody's bitch tortured and then ultimately shank in the throat until he bleeds out of slow death
TP Resident March 31, 2013 at 02:10 AM
So sad that she was let down by everybody that entered her life. Poor baby deserved so much more.
scott March 31, 2013 at 04:32 AM
What a dirt bag! He will be sometimes gf in prison.
scott March 31, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Someones
Bob Laird March 31, 2013 at 06:57 AM
we definitly need a little more info on this. the guy's obviously garbage, but who put the child with these people? what the hell is the dcfs's job? most of us have jobs where if we screw up it can inconvenience someone. people in the medical, police, fire, etc AND the dcfs can affect lives. it did.
Dawn Kenny March 31, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Oak Forest makes news yet again! I guess as long as we keep letting scum into our town this will be the new normal..murders, robberies, drugs and rapes. I think its time to put my house up for sale. Oak Forest is declining rapidly and has slid to the east.
NANCY GRACE March 31, 2013 at 12:21 PM
This POS needs to be buried alive! And dcfs needs to be sued
So There March 31, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Obviously DCFS is failing children miserably.
JLC March 31, 2013 at 04:28 PM
We keep blaming everybody else for putting this baby in harms way. As always, its the children that suffer. My question is, where are the people that are truly responsible for this child? The biological parents!
M March 31, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Cant be the Judge and Jury obviously something is wrong and our justice system has long wrongfully accused the innocent as well...a thorough investigation needs to happen...he was not the only person questioned...
Lisa Stecher April 01, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Overpaid government agency? Hardly. Social service agencies are the first on the chopping block when budgets need to be cut. It is not unheard of for one person to be in charge of 500+ cases, or to be assigned 5 or 6 entire caseloads, rather than just one, because there is no money to hire the proper amount of caseworkers to make sure that children like this one don't fall through the cracks. Yes, there are some workers who don't do a good job - just like there are EVERYWHERE - but the faults in social services, I assure you, come from the workers being understaffed, underpaid, and burnt out - not from their lack of caring. I, as a social worker, was offered a whopping $22,000 a year to work 60 hours a week and be on call 24/7/365 plus carry a caseload of nearly 300 people. So please stop assuming that social workers are living high on the hog and just sitting at their desks drinking tea and eating crumpets. It's a very stressful, low-paying, zero gratitude, high stress job. If you want better results, talk to your elected officials and tell them to quit taking money away from social service agencies who are barely hanging on as it is. Perhaps if the agencies had the money they needed, there would be enough workers to ensure that cases had the supervision they required and children had the protection they deserve.
Anna April 01, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Ugh, one prior report and the aunt still left the child with this abuser!
mm April 01, 2013 at 05:57 PM
This poor baby! Omg yes children can be trying but as the adult you need to learn to control yourself and walk away. I cant beleive that the guardian didnt notice this was going on with her child. Women that let men around their children that they barely even know to care for thier kids,make me sick!! Rest in peace Gina!! I agree I need to put my house up for sale too,Oak Forest hasnt had the best reputation lately..Thanks to all the scumbags!!
Kim April 01, 2013 at 06:01 PM
how does someone come home from work in the afternoon see the child has already has a bruise on face unresponsive and not call 911? They wait till almost midnite to call for help and lie? and we now know that the child was probably already dead. They leave her like this for all those hours .What kind of people are you.?? What went thru that childs mind as she was beaten to death. if the guardian was afraid of her boyfriend once she got to hospital she could have told police she needed help and was scared of him but instead came back home with the scum bag? who does that?? came outside with the dog and boyfriend and they both acted like nothing was wrong??? If she new and covered for him she will have to live with this forever... I hope you never have one good nite of sleep if you knew and did nothing. to the family we are so sorry for your loss
Linda A. April 02, 2013 at 01:36 PM
The someone who could of saved her was the aunt who let the monster in the home. She has just as much blood on her hands in my opinion. Another article in the Tribune stated that the "met" in December 2012, and he already moved him self in and was allowed to "babysit". Unbelievable.
Linda A. April 02, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Totally agree with you Kim. Don't really understand the police letting the aunt go because she is "cooperating". I have reviewed similar cases like poor little Gina's and the people in the same positions as Gina's aunt have ALWAYS been arrested too, some cases even have the parent, (of course in this case it would be the aunt) get more jail time than the actual killer. Considering the fact that this is who should of been keeping Gina's safety, health, and well being as priority number 1 in their life. So sad that someone is so desperate that they would let themselves be blinded to the abuse of a child.
Ellen April 02, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Rest in Peace Gina.. You are safe now, Kim and Linda I agree with both of you ! I just could not believe this SAD story. Sounds to me that all she wanted more then this precious child is this monster hopefully the truth will come out and her picture too . Makes my stomach turn to think they went home together after Baby died .did she know what happened ? The real truth ? I saying YES !! Anybody else think that ?what about the REAL parents ? Grandparents? Other family members can't believe no. News about them. So many questions where did they meet or how ? Where is aunts husband ? Only time will tell .....all parties involved be put in jail and live with the MURDER of a Baby Ellen
Barry April 03, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Teenage mother did not want baby after 6 months and let her aunt take guardianship. Guess who's pregnant again?
djddjdjdjdjdjd April 07, 2013 at 09:28 PM
He tried to stab someone to death and got off scott free two years ago. I hope he rots in **ell.......
Rosie April 08, 2013 at 02:06 PM
DCFS did not take the child from the mother, the teen mother decided the child would be better off in her aunt's care so she allowed the aunt to be a legal guardian. I believe the teen mother would of protected her child from abusive men better than the aunt did. Both biological parents were involved in Gina's life. I believe the aunt is just as guilty as that monster who killed precious Gina. Rest in peace Gina!
Kim April 08, 2013 at 07:02 PM
I found out today that there is suppose to be an announcement about the guardian of Gina at 4:00PM TODAY! I am thinking it will be on channel 7 because they start their news then. and yes Rosie I'm with you she is as guilty as he is, but also remember that someone dropped the ball on this and at the end of the day let us not forget about the precious child Gina.......DCFS need to have a special task force just for these cases so another Gina does not fall through the cracks ever again. They have them for gangs, for drugs, but not one for protecting our children. We need to change this ASAP! Someone has to OWN this mistake and fix the wrong....and at the end of the day we have to believe in our Judicial system that all who were involved will be prosecuted..... God bless Gina and the family because they tried to save her but the system failed...again......................
Rosie April 08, 2013 at 07:25 PM
I agree with you 100% Kim, something needs to be done and yes, the system failed AGAIN. Breaks my heart.
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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