Jose Isabel Rodriguez Limones is in the Brown County Jail, with bail set at $1,000,000.
On Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, Sleepy Eye Police Officer Shawn Bohnen received a call regarding an infant who was taken to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis after being seen at the Sleepy Eye Medical Center. The 11-week-old infant presented with seizures and was found to have extensive subdural hemorrhage and brain injury. The findings were highly concerning for inflicted injury and child physical abuse.
After discussions between Sleepy Eye Police Chief Matt Andres and Brown County Attorney Chuck Hanson, it was decided the infant would be placed on a 72-hour child protection hold. The mother of the infant was informed of the hold at Children’s Hospital. After receiving additional information from Children’s Hospital, the Brown County Attorney’s Office then initiated a Termination of Parental Rights Petition regarding the incident.
During the investigation of this matter, Officer Bohnen and Brown County Sheriff’s Investigator Eric Schwarzrock interviewed several parties and the medical professionals. It was reported that on the evening of Jan. 1, the infant’s mother went to work and the infant was left in the care of an adult male who was living with the mother and infant. The adult male was identified as Jose Isabel Rodriguez Limones, who moved to Sleepy Eye with the mother, from Missouri, approximately six months prior. Rodriguez Limones took the infant to the hospital in the early morning hours of Jan. 2 after he stated the infant began trembling. Rodriguez Limones and the infant’s mother reported they could not remember any episodes of trauma. The infant had been seen previously and was diagnosed with colic. The infant had been born prematurely, but had a normal well-child check on Dec. 28, 2017.
On Sunday, Jan. 7 Rodriguez Limones was taken into custody by Minneapolis police officers on suspicion of 1st Degree Assault. He was transported to Brown County and was awaiting arraignment on that charge.
On Sunday, Jan. 7 the infant stopped breathing and passed away at approximately 12:45 a.m. The cause of death was preliminarily listed as respiratory failure, secondary to severe traumatic brain injury. A complete autopsy will be completed.
On Monday, Jan. 8 Brown County Attorney Chuck Hanson filed a criminal complaint charging Rodriguez Limones with 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Manslaughter, 2nd Degree Manslaughter, and 5th Degree Assault. The 2nd Degree Murder charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. Rodriguez Limones was arraigned in Brown County Court on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Bail was set at $1,000,000.