Chicago Man Accused of Smothering Baby While Girlfriend Watched

Prosecutors say the couple was drinking when the baby started crying

Friday, Apr 19, 2013  |  Updated 11:46 AM CDT
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Man Accused of Smothering Baby While Girlfriend Watched

Chicago Police

Angela Petrov and Rodrigo Rodriguez

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The parents of a baby girl on life support face charges for putting her in the hospital.

Prosecutors say Rigoberto Rodriguez, 29, of the 2500 block of West Fitch Avenue confessed to repeatedly covering his daughter's mouth last Thursday. Rodriguez's girlfriend, Angela Petrov, 21, of the 2500 block of West Fitch Avenue admitted to watching her boyfriend smother the 5-month-old baby until her body went limp.

Prosecutors said the Chicago couple had been drinking in the room where the girl was sleeping when the baby started crying.

Rodriguez and Petrov were each charged with one count of aggravated battery to a child. A judge on Sunday held them each on $5 million bail.

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