A four-year-old girl who was allegedly kicked in the stomach by her own mother for not brushing her teeth has died.
Iris Hernandez-Rivas, 20, of Gaithersburg in Maryland, called emergency services on 911 at around 12:30pm yesterday afternoon. According to FOX 5 she reported that her daughter was simply unresponsive.
Police and paramedics rushed to her apartment, where the mother told them her daughter had gone into the bathroom at about 11:15 am and started the shower.
She is then said to have claimed that around 15-20 minutes later she found her daughter lying face
down in the bath.
Hernandez-Rivas is reported to have told police she waited an hour before calling 911.
The child was rushed to Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville in serious condition.
FOX 5 reports that medical staff discovered she had multiple bruises on her body and was suffering from head trauma. She became critical and was then flown to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC – but later died.
Police later interviewed Hernandez-Rivas who is reported to have revealed she had kicked her daughter in the stomach at around 10.30am that morning after becoming angry at her not having brushed her teeth.
Hernandez-Rivas claimed that her daughter fell backwards – hitting her head on the living room wall.
She is reported to have then claimed that after her daughter fell to the ground she appeared lethargic – and then went to the bathroom.
When Hernandez-Rivas went to check on the girl, she claimed, she found her lying face down in the bath.
FOX 5 also reported that Hernandez-Rivas also admitted to detectives that the bruises on her daughter’s body were a result of her striking her with a belt days earlier.
The mother has so far been charged with one count of first-degree child abuse – and one count of first-degree assault.
Police are awaiting an official cause of death from the medical examiner before reviewing the charges.
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