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Richard Rountree

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The beating death of an 8-year-old Normal girl is the focus of a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday against six state child welfare workers, the child’s father and the woman serving life in prison for the child’s death.

Cynthia Baker denied Friday that she killed 8-year-old Rica Rountree, suggesting instead that the child’s father was a more likely source of the fatal blow that ended the child’s life.

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.

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