Pawtucket Dad Charged with Murder in Daughter's Death
By: Robert Bumsted
A Pawtucket dad accused of brutally beating his daughter is now charged with murder. Prosecutors upgraded Jorge DePina's charges from child abuse during an emotional court hearing Friday afternoon.
DePina cried through nearly the entire hearing as he heard the charges against him through a translator.
It all started on Wednesday – DePina carried his daughter, Aleida DePina, 10, into Miriam Hospital in Pawtucket where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
An examination revealed injuries to her chest stomach and arms that included scarring, bruises and cigarette burns. Referencing a coroner's report, prosecutors said the abuse had likely been going on for a while because she was covered in scars.
A judge ordered DePina held without bail pending a hearing on July 19th.