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Chicago woman allegedly beat granddaughter to death then cut baby’s throat with power saw

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Posted at 3:20 PM, Mar 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-12 17:25:44-05

CHICAGO -- A 52-year-old woman is facing charges and has been denied bail after she allegedly beat a baby to death before cutting the child with a power saw--apparently because the girl would not stop crying.

According to WGNTV in Chicago, 52-year-old Manuela Rodriguez allegedly killed her 7-month-old granddaughter, Rose Herrera, Monday morning. She apparently killed the child because the baby would not stop crying.

Autopsy reports indicate the baby died due to blunt force injuries from multiple blows to the head. A secondary cause was probable suffocation, due to a sock that was shoved in her mouth. Authorities said the injuries made with the saw occurred after the child had died.

Police tell WGNTV Rodriguez allegedly tried to kill herself after she killed Rose.

Prosecutors state the woman attempted to seek psychiatric care at some point prior to the murder she is accused of committing.

The woman reportedly called her sister around 7:45 a.m. Monday, apparently just minutes after the child's mother left for work.