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Cynthia Baker

The father of an 8-year-old girl killed in 2019 by his girlfriend pleaded guilty Thursday to child endangerment.

The defense attorney for Richard Rountree said Friday she’s talking to prosecutors about a plea agreement that could resolve the child endangerment charge against him.

Ann points to injuries
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For the first time since her daughter was killed, Anntionetta Rountree sat in the same courtroom Friday with the woman convicted of inflicting the fatal blows that ended the 8-year-old's life.

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The woman convicted of killing an 8-year-old girl from Normal hopes to earn a new trial by claiming ineffective assistance from her lawyer, as her sister faces a new charge of witness harassment.

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Authorities said Wednesday that Cynthia Baker’s murder conviction is “not the finish line” and that others may be charged—possibly Rica Rountree’s father.

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UPDATED 4:35 p.m. | Cynthia Baker was convicted Tuesday of murder in the death of her boyfriend’s 8-year-old daughter who died from internal injuries prosecutors attributed to blows Baker inflicted to the girl’s stomach during ongoing and severe abuse.

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Cynthia Baker's fate is now in the hands of a McLean County jury.

Cynthia Baker walks into court
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The torment and torture that marked Rica Rountree’s life in the months before death in January were played Friday for a jury considering murder charges against Cynthia Baker, the Normal woman depicted in 30 minutes of video that brought some jurors to tears.

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In their interviews with authorities, Cynthia Baker’s children described a home where Baker punched, whipped and tortured 8-year-old Rica Rountree, according to testimony Thursday at Baker’s murder trial.

Cynthia Baker walks into court
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UPDATED 4 p.m. | In her last days before her death, Rica Rountree showed signs of fatigue and unexplained injuries, the child’s third grade teacher testified Wednesday in the murder trial of Cindy Baker.

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Opening statements are set for Wednesday in the murder trial of Cynthia Baker of Normal, though several of the charges against her were dismissed just before jury selection began.

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The murder trial for a Normal woman accused of killing an 8-year-old girl has been delayed as prosecutors explore the defense’s alternative theory for how the child died.

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The doctor who performed Rica Rountree’s autopsy started by counting the scars on her body.