Father faces battery charges after 'shaking his three-week-old daughter so hard she died from brain trauma'

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Chicago man Jose Garcia has been charged with aggravated battery to a child as authorities claim he shook his 3-week-old daughter so hard that she died from brain trauma.

Garcia, 28, has been held in lieu of $400,000 bail after a hearing at midday Tuesday in Cook County Criminal Court.

According to police records, officers responded to a call at Garcia's home in the 5100 block of South Hyde Park at approximately 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

Abuse: Authorities claim Garcia threw his daughter so hard she suffered brain trauma

Abuse: Authorities claim Garcia threw his daughter so hard she suffered brain trauma

When they arrived the girl, Rachel Garcia, was not breathing.

She was admitted to Corner Children's hospital in critical condition, the Chicago Tribune reported.

According to the Cook County medical examiner's office, she was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

According to prosecutors, Garcia was caring for Rachel at home and was throwing her in the air repeatedly until he discovered she was no longer responsive.

Home: Authorities found the girl in critical condition when they responded to Garcia's home in South Hyde Park

Home: Authorities found the girl in critical condition when they responded to Garcia's home in South Hyde Park

Doctors later discovered the shaking had cause brain hemorrhaging.

An autopsy on the girl's body is set for Wednesday.

Both Garcia and the girl's mother, who has not been identified, are under investigation by the state Department of Children and Family Services for allegations of abuse, spokeswoman Veronica Resa told ABC 7.

The department has had no contact with the family prior to this incident.

Court records list Garcia's profession as paramedic.

He will be back in court on March 10.

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What a sick individual ... A fitting punishment would be to have Mariusz Pudzianowski give him a good shake until his brain turns to goop

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Lifetime in prison. Bring him out in a bodybag. Should happen to all child killers.

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Obama's Dreamers. This man is as Chicago as tacos.

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my gosh this makes my physically weak!!! i hope he rots in hell and i hope he gets whats coming to him. RIP sweet angel!

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Another shaken baby. Lock him up and throw away the key.

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Demented.

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Pig

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