An autopsy report has confirmed on Tuesday that a Chicago grandmother used a power saw to cut her 7-month-old granddaughter’s throat after she was already dead due to suffocation and blunt force trauma to the head.
Original reports concluded that the 7-month-old baby, Rose Herrera, died as a result of her grandmother, 52-year-old Manuela Rodriguez, cutting her throat with a power saw. However, after a Chicago medical examiner analyzed the body, it was concluded that suffocation and blunt force trauma to the head was the cause of her death.
Rodriguez cut her granddaughter’s throat with a power saw after she was already dead.
According to Yahoo! News, Cook County police officers arrived at 2800 block of South Avers Avenue on Monday at 9:30 a.m. Upon arrival, they discovered an unresponsive seven-month-old baby who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sources say the child’s grandmother used the power saw to cut her granddaughter’s throat because she wouldn’t stop crying. Before then, medical examiner determined that she shoved a sock in Rose’s mouth – suffocating her – and hitting her on the head with an unknown object.
Neighbors were stunned after learning that Rodriguez killed her granddaughter, as they say she was known as a kind person and had even helped a neighbor during their trying time.
Maria Gentil, Rodriguez’s neighbor, stated as follows.
“She would help everybody, and if you needed a glass of milk or something she would give it to you. When my mother died, she went up and down the street asking for money for her funeral.”
“They’re great people,” another neighbor, Francis Arreola, added. “I’ve known them over 20 years.”
Neighbor Virginia Otero also gave her input.
“I saw a young girl with a man, and she was crying saying. ‘When am I going to see her again? When am I going to see my mom again? It’s terrible news to hear that, because I’m a sentimental person and you know, to see something like that… terrible, terrible.”
Sources say that Rodriguez and her significant other resided in the home with their two adult daughters, which one of them is the mother of baby Rose Herrera and a recent college graduate.
“I can’t, I can’t believe it. I knew them. I knew them real good. We would help out each other,” stated Raul Chavez.
After Rodriguez killed her granddaughter, she tried to take her own life but was unsuccessful. She was treated for her self-inflicted injuries, and was subsequently taken into custody where she was charged with first-degree murder in the death of seven-month-old Rose Herrera.
Rodriguez will be appearing in court on Wednesday regarding her bond.
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