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No trial yet for man charged in Minooka baby's death

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

There is no trial date yet for a Minooka man charged with the murder of a 3-week-old child.

Nicholas Fecarota, 18, appeared in court Thursday with his attorney Stephen Richards.

Richards told Judge Lance Peterson that he would be hiring an expert and also was waiting to receive tapes and a copy of Fecarota's interview.

Assistant State's Attorney Mike Quinlan said he would be able to get Richards a copy of the interview within a week, and the prosecution also was waiting on the return of electronic devices previously seized and sent away for analysis.

Fecarota was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after Minooka police responded to a call the afternoon of Aug. 24. Upon arriving, investigators discovered a baby with a fractured skull. The baby was taken 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," police said.

Fecarota pleaded not guilty in October. His next hearing in scheduled for Jan. 24. Fecarota currently is in Grundy County jail.

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