Man found guilty in Christmas Eve rape, murder of toddler

June 27, 2013 9:13:43 AM PDT
A Cook County judge has found a man guilty of sexually assaulting and beating to death a toddler he was caring for on Christmas Eve five years ago.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cook County Judge Kenneth Wadas on Wednesday said determined that 32-year-old Henry Myles acted alone when he killed 23-month-old Promiss Hodges on Dec. 24, 2008 at the home of Myles' cousin on Chicago's South Side. The judge dismissed the contention by Myles attorney that some of the child's bruises caused by spankings by her mother. Nor did he believe Myles' attorney's argument that that some of the girl's injuries were the result of the Myles improperly giving her CPR.

The judge found Myles guilty of murder and predatory sexual assault after a four-day bench trial.

In December 2008, police were called to a home in the 7100 block of South Champlain, for a report of an unresponsive child. Hodges later died at Comer Children's Hospital. The Cook County Medical Examiner determined that she died of multiple injuries due to child abuse.

Myles had been in custody since shortly after the girl's death on an unrelated parole violation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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