A Judge Thursday denied bail for a Back of the Yards man charged with murder in the death of 1-year-old Raiylana Vasquez, who died Tuesday from child abuse, authorities said.


Uriel Vega, 22, appeared before Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois during a hearing Thursday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

Vega was taken into custody after paramedics called police to the 4700 block of South Honore Street, the block where he and Raiylana lived with Raiylana’s mother, police and prosecutors said.

The child’s mother had left the house to work at a church and left Raiylana alone with Vega who pulled her off the living room couch and threw her across the kitchen and into a bedroom where he “stomped on the victim’s stomach,’’ said Asst. State’s Atty. Jullian Brevard.

When Raiylana, who was 21 months old, struggled to breathe and her eyes began rolling back, Vega called her mother and then ran downstairs and told a neighbor, Brevard said.

The neighbor found the child unresponsive and Vega called 911.

Raiylana was taken to Holy Cross Hospital and pronounced dead at 12:18 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A Wednesday autopsy found that Raiylana died of multiple injuries from child abuse and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Brevard said Raiylana suffered a severed pancreas, lacerated liver, severed arteries and multiple bruises on her abdomen and cheek. Vega admitted on videotape that he hit and pushed the child and was “stepping on victim hard,’’ Brevard said.

The Illinois Department of Child and Family Services is investigating the mother’s boyfriend for allegations of abuse and neglect and has had prior contact with the mother, said spokeswoman Alissandra Calderon, who added the investigation is pending.

DCFS found evidence against the child’s mother in February 2016 for neglect but two additional investigations were unfounded — one in September 2015 and one in August 2016.

There are three other siblings, according to Calderon. They do not live with this mother but live with another family member who has custody.


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