A 7-month-old baby girl found dead Monday in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood was killed with a power saw, apparently because she wouldn't stop crying, sources tell NBC5.
The baby was found unresponsive around 9:40 a.m. in the 2800 block of South Avers Avenue with “visible trauma” to her body, according to Chicago Police News Affairs.
Police sources told NBC5 a saw was used to kill the baby, apparently because she wouldn't stop crying. Sources said the saw was used after a failed suffocation attempt.
Police originally reported the baby was 9 months old, but the medical examiner confirmed the infant to be 7 months old.
The baby was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 52-year-old woman -- a relative to the baby -- was taken into custody. The woman was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition with self-inflicted gunshot wounds, police said.
The relationship between the woman and the baby was not immediately clear, but a domestic-related murder investigation was underway Monday afternoon. Sources say the woman may have been the infant's grandmother.
Neighbors said a couple with their two grown daughters and at least one infant lived in the home.
"They're great people," said neighbor Francis Arreola. "I've known them over 20 years."
Witnesses said emotions were high outside the home Monday.
"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?'" said neighbor Virginia Otero. "It's terrible news to hear that, because I'm a sentimental person and you know, to see something like that... terrible, terrible."