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Mother starves her 3-year-old daughter to death

By Mason White 11:17 AM January 15, 2014
Carlos Rivera and Carmen Ramirez 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with murder after starving her little girl to death, according to court proceedings in California.

Last September, 3-year-old Nathlayz Rivera, was found unconscious in the West Oak Lane neighborhood. She was rushed to a local hospital where she later died. Authorities ruled her starvation death a homicide.

Police later arrested Rivera’s father, 30-year-old Carlos Rivera. Police said that Rivera initially found his twin daughter Nathlayz, unresponsive at midnight in a house infested with insects. The house was located in 7300 block of Sommers Road.

“Instead of going to the police and calling an ambulance, he called his mother, who was at a friend’s house,” a police spokesperson said.

“The mother and the friend came to the house, took the child, and went to the emergency room where she was pronounced dead. The child died of hunger.

Nathlayz only weighed 11 pounds at the time of her death, less than half the weight of the average of 3-year-old.

The girl had not seen a doctor in over a year, even with all her serious disabilities.

Investigators said that the girl had a chronic disorder and was blind in one eye.

The mother, Carmen Ramirez, was later arrested. Ramirez, 27, and Rivera both face charges of third-degree murder, manslaughter, criminal conspiracy and child abuse charges.

Rivera’s other children, ages 9, 8, 7 and 3, were placed with the Department of Human Services.