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Northwest Side man charged with killing 3-year-old girl

Updated: March 30, 2013 9:32PM



A Northwest Side man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl, police said Saturday.

Jessie B. Rodriguez, 42, of 2958 N. Kenneth Ave., is charged in the death Tuesday of Gina Presley, who died of head trauma from child abuse, an autopsy found.

Rodriguez is the boyfriend of Gina’s aunt, who was Gina’s guardian, had taken custody of her when she was just a few months old and was trying to adopt her, according to neighbors and the police in Oak Forest, where Gina was from.

Neighbors said the aunt doted on Gina, who’d recently turned 3. One said they’d gone to Chuck E. Cheese’s for her birthday and, as they drove away, the little girl gleefully exclaimed, “I’m 3, I’m 3!”s they drove away, the little girl gleefully exclaimed, “I’m 3, I’m 3,” the neighbor said.



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