Child murder suspect loses fight to regain parental rights

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court Thursday rejected the appeal of a suspected child killer who sought to regain parental rights to his surviving son.

Christopher Jimenez is charged with murder in the 2012 beating death of his eight-week-old daughter, Christina. The girl’s mother, Mayra Gonzalez, was convicted of child neglect in 2013.

Following Jimenez’s murder indictment, the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families filed a petition to terminate his parental rights to his then-one-year-old son, Kristopher.  After an eight-day trial, a Family Court judge terminated Jimenez’s parental rights.

Jimenez appealed the Family Court ruling to the Rhode Island Supreme Court. On Thursday, the Rhode Island Supreme Court affirmed the Family Court’s termination of parental rights.

Jimenez has pleaded not guilty to murdering his daughter. He remains held without bail.

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