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Baby dies days after dad allegedly covered mouth to muffle cries

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Angela Petrov, 21, and Rodrigo Rodriguez, 29. Angela Petrov, 21, and Rodrigo Rodriguez, 29.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A 5-month-old Rogers Park girl who was on life support after her father allegedly covered her mouth repeatedly to muffle her cries last week died Monday afternoon.

Angelina Rodriguez, of the 2500 block of West Fitch Avenue, was pronounced dead at Lurie Children's Hospital at 3:36 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Prosecutors previously charged her parents -- Rodrigo Rodriguez, 29, and Angela Petrov, 21 -- with aggravated battery after the baby was found injured Thursday in her Rogers Park home.

SEE: Baby on life-support after dad tries to muffle her cries

Both parents were initially held on $5 million bond. Police could not immediately say Monday evening whether charges against them have been upgraded because of the baby's death.

At a bond hearing Sunday, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Buck told Judge James Brown the couple was drinking Hennessy in the room where their daughter was sleeping in her playpen and the girl began to cry, the Sun-Times previously reported.

Petrov picked up the crying baby and gave her a bottle, authorities said. But the girl's cries continued, so Rodriguez took her from Petrov and put the girl on a bed, Buck said.

Rodriguez then put his hand over the girl's mouth to stop her from crying, Buck said. The crying stopped, and he removed his hand, but it started again, authorities said. So Rodriguez put his hand over his baby's mouth a second time, Buck said.

Again the crying stopped, Buck said, and Rodriguez removed his hand. But the little girl only gasped for air and began to cry once more. That's when Buck said Rodriguez put his hand over the girl's mouth a third time until she stopped crying and her body went limp, authorities alleged.

Petrov was present each time he did this, Buck said, saw the baby go limp and did nothing. Buck said Rodriguez put the baby back in her playpen, and then the couple had sex and went to sleep.

Around 7 a.m. Friday, Petrov got up to get another child in the home ready for school, and then she went back to sleep, Buck said.

Both parents got up around 11 am. Friday, and finally noticed their baby "stiff and unresponsive in the playpen," Buck told the court.

The couple tried throwing water on the girl's face and doing CPR, Buck said, and Petrov called 911. The girl was initially taken to Saint Francis Hospital before she was transferred to the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She suffered a "blown pupil" as a result of brain swelling, according to prosecutors.

Doctors also noticed older skull fractures while examining the girl, authorities said.

The couple was arrested later Friday.

Rodriguez's mother, Crucita Rivera, said after her son's bond hearing the allegations against him aren't true. She said he suffers from bi-polar disorder. Rivera said there are three children in the home, and two belong to Rodriguez.

However, Buck said the couple gave inconsistent stories to hospital personnel. Rodriguez, who also goes by the name "Rico" and has the words "Trust None" tattooed on his lower left arm, admitted to police he put his hand over the girl's mouth numerous times to get her to stop crying, according to the prosecutor.

Petrov admitted to police she saw Rodriguez put his hand over the girl's mouth three times, Buck said. She also admitted she sat in a chair and watched. Medical personnel said the girl's injuries are consistent with a hand being placed over her mouth, Buck said.

An autopsy to officially determine the cause and manner of the girl's death is scheduled for Tuesday, according to the medical examiner's office.

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