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Minooka man pleads not guilty to infant murder charges

Minooka resident, 18, reportedly threw child to stop it from crying

Nicholas Fecarota, 18, Minooka
Nicholas Fecarota, 18, Minooka

A Minooka man charged with killing a 3-week-old baby pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Chicago attorney Stephen Richards represented Nicholas Fecarota, 18.

At the preliminary hearing, Richards told the court he had just seen the evidence presented in discovery, and he was looking for a December date for the next status hearing. In doing so, it would push Fecarota's trial to January at the earliest.

After conferring with Richards, Fecarota waived his right to a speedy trial.

Richards also said the defense would most likely file a motion to suppress Fecarota's statement to the police, as there were questions about whether or not Fecarota understood the Miranda warnings.

Fecarota faces two first-degree murder charges after Minooka police responded to a call the afternoon of Aug. 24. Upon arriving, investigators discovered a baby had a fractured skull. The infant was transferred to Morris Hospital and pronounced dead at 1:20 p.m. that day.

“When Mr. Fecarota was interviewed, he admitted to throwing the baby multiple times to stop the baby from crying," according to a news release issued at the time by the Minooka police.

Fecarota currently is being held in the Grundy County jail.

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