Father Charged in 3-Month-Old Daughter's Death

Jayden Tufele died Monday afternoon after being taken by his parents to Children's Memorial Hospital

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 5:49 PM CDT
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A northwest side Chicago father was charged Thursday in connection with the death of his daughter.

Jovanni Tufele, 23, of the 5100 block of West Ainslie Street, was charged with one count of first degree murder. His 3-month-old daughter, Jayden Tufele, died Monday afternoon after being taken by her parents to Children's Memorial Hospital.

Police were told the girl suffered from bleeding on the brain, retinal hemorrhages and fractures to her ribs. Doctors also noted two older rib fractures that were healing.

Detectives on Wednesday said they took Jovanni Tufele and the girl's 19-year-old mother in for questioning.

The Department of Children and Family Services are investigating the possibility the baby was abused by her parents, but so far they haven't found any history between the department and the family.

Authorities say there are no other children living inside the home.

Jovanni Tufele is expected to make a court appearance on Friday.

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