School officials: We weren't aware of abuse in DePina case

School officials: We weren't aware of abuse in DePina case

Pawtucket man charged with murdering 10-year-old daughter

PAWTUCKET – School officials say they had no idea that Aleida DePina, the 10-year-old Baldwin Elementary School student believed to have died at the hands of her father last week, was being abused. "No suspected abuse" was reported to school officials or the Department of Children Youth and Families, according to Supt. Deborah Cylke.

"Any information about the abuse and death of Aleida will come from the Pawtucket Police Department, as they are investigating her death and have a suspect," said Cylke. "What I can tell you is that the Baldwin staff and our school department employees are deeply saddened by this. The Baldwin staff has reached out to the family and has offered to help with the cost of funeral services for Aleida."

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PAWTUCKET – City man Jorge DePina, 32, was charged with second-degree murder last Friday in Providence District Court after bringing the body of his 10-year-old daughter to the hospital. He was ordered held without bail.

On July 3, at approximately 5:15 p.m., members of the Pawtucket Police Department were notified that a 10-year-old female had been brought to Miriam Hospital and was pronounced dead. The victim had been brought to the hospital by DePina, who lived with his daughter at 48 Knowles St.

The victim’s body had bruises and what appeared to be burn marks, according to a news release. Results of an autopsy showed that young Aleida DePina died of blunt-force trauma. According to a report from NBC 10, she was suffering for several days before she died.

DePina is also being charged with first-degree child abuse, previous conviction, according to court records, and cruelty to or neglect of a child.

A bail hearing has been set for July 19.