A grandmother from the Little Village section of Chicago is in police custody after they say she cut her 7-month-old granddaughter's throat with a circular power saw because the child wouldn't stop crying.
The baby, whose name was Rose Herrera, was reportedly found dead on Monday morning by another relative in the family's apartment, where police say a couple lived with their two grown daughters, both of whom each had a young child, reports ABC 7.
A 52-year-old woman who is said to be the victim's grandmother is in custody at Mount Sinai Hospital after authorities say she attempted suicide. Before using the saw, police say she shoved something into the baby's mouth, possibly a cloth, to keep her quiet, reports the Chicago Tribune.
"When I came out I heard a young lady in front of the door, and she was crying, 'When am I going to see my mom?' or something like that. And I think they told her to go inside because she was in shock," Virginia Otero, a neighbor told ABC 7.
Sources say the baby's mother had just graduated from college and was studying to become a teacher.
The Illinois Department of Children & Family Services had never visited the family's home before and neighbors reportedly say they were "good people" who didn't cause problems.
"She was a nice person, she came to my house," said neighbor Brenda Saucedo to the Chicago Tribune. "I'm shocked; she would never do this. It had to be somebody else."
The baby's father, who is 23, reportedly works at a grain elevator in Beecher and was shocked when he found out what happened, according to his coworker, Ben Llamas.
Family members say the child didn't have health problems. She would have turned 8 months old on March 16.