Skokie 911 Call: "I Killed Them"

Man confesses to killing daughter, granddaughter

Friday, Oct 28, 2011  |  Updated 3:13 PM CDT
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Miguel Renteria, 39, tells a 911 dispatcher he killed his daughter and granddaughter. Renteria was charged Thursday with two counts of homicide for the murders of 18-year old Cynthia Renteria and her 2-year-old daughter, Jeiloni Renteria.

Miguel Renteria, 39, tells a 911 dispatcher he killed his daughter and granddaughter. Renteria was charged Thursday with two counts of homicide for the murders of 18-year old Cynthia Renteria and her 2-year-old daughter, Jeiloni Renteria.

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A Skokie man charged in the deaths of his daughter and granddaughter appears to have confessed to the crime during his 911 call to authorities.

Miguel Renteria, 39, was charged Thursday with two counts of homicide for the murders of 18-year old Cynthia Renteria and her 2-year-old daughter, Jeiloni Renteria.

Police say the murders took place in a room Renteria was renting in a small, two-story building in the 4600 block of Main Street, and that he called 911 after killing the pair.

    Caller: My daughter and granddaughter are dead.
    Dispatcher: They're what?
    Caller: Dead. Dead.
    Dispatcher: They're dead? What do you mean they're dead, how are they dead?
    Caller: I killed them.
    Dispatcher: You killed them?
    Caller: Yes.

Inside the home, officers found Cynthia and Jeiloni Renteria unresponsive on the living room floor. Cynthia Renteria showed signs of asphyxiation, police said, and her daughter showed signs of multiple stab wounds.

They were transported to St. Francis Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

A police source Wednesday said the man who called 911 was found with "blood all over his hands."

There had been a report that Cynthia Renteria was about five weeks pregnant, but police said the hospital has recanted that information, saying a test came up with a "false positive."

Cynthia Renteria's mother, Aleksandra Santiago, emailed NBC 5 the following statement:

"Cynthia was a wonderful mother, sister, niece, mostly my beautiful daughter. Jeilani was so full of life and constantly teaching the other kids in the household to share. She was full of hugs and kisses to share," Santiago said.

The only contact Skokie police previously had with Renteria, they said, was a traffic citation.

Cynthia Renteria, 18, and her 2-year-old daughter, Jeiloni Renteria, were killed Wednesday. The two lived in Chicago.

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