Father Of Murdered Girl Arrested
The father of a murdered 8-year-old girl is now under arrest.
Normal Police took Richard Rountree into custody Tuesday for allegedly endangering the life of health of a minor child.
Police Chief Rick Bleichner said investigators continue to analyze nearly half a terabyte of electronic data, medical records, and dozens of witness statements in the case.
Police said Richard Rountree's alleged conduct in connection with his daughter Rica Rountree makes him eligible for an extended sentence. Rica died of infection related to internal injuries caused by chronic abuse in January 2019.
A jury convicted Richard Rountree's girlfriend, Cynthia Baker, last year of murder in Rica's death.
Cynthia Baker has asked for a new trial, and a ruling on that request has delayed sentencing.
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