3-Year-Old Girl Weighing Just 11 Pounds Dies of Starvation While in Parents' Care

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Carlos RiveraA 3-year-old girl with special needs is dead and the city of Philadelphia is facing one horrific child abuse investigation. Doctors say when Nathalyz Rivera was rushed to the hospital, she was just 11 pounds and covered in bites. She didn't make it. She'd been starved ... to death.

Now all four of Nathalyz' siblings, including her 3-year-old twin, have been taken from their parents, and those parents -- 30-year-old Carlos Rivera and Carmen Rameriz, 27, have been taken into police custody. There are no charges yet, but considering doctors say the little girl's starvation was akin to the treatment of prisoners in concentration camps, it's safe to say there will be a raft coming down the pike.

The confusing thing: who to charge. And with what.

According to police, Carlos Rivera found little Nathalyz unresponsive and he called Carmen, who showed up with her boyfriend and rushed the 3-year-old, who was born blind and with Down syndrome, to the hospital. She was pronounced dead there.

At the risk of sounding reasonable, what did they expect would happen?

A child abuse specialist familiar with the case told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the girl’s condition “doesn’t happen to a child in a couple of weeks. Generally, it is a process that takes months and months, or even years of neglect.”

Add to that the fact that this poor little girl's body was reportedly covered in insect and rodent bites (as were the bodies of her siblings, who were otherwise relatively OK), and I ask again: what did these parents EXPECT?

For their daughter to be right as rain? For a miracle?

This poor innocent child had been starved. For months or even a year. She was put through unspeakable torture.

A child.

A child with special needs no less.

A 3-year-old who needed her Mommy and Daddy.

She should have been taken to a doctor before all this, not at the end. She should have been protected all along; not suddenly at the end, when it looked like she might be dead.

Cops say Carmen "came and went" from Carlos' home, from the home where Nathalyz lived, and she'd seen the little girl recently, so it looks likely that both parents will be facing some sort of charges -- regardless of Mom's last ditch attempt to seek some sort of medical treatment for the little girl.

What do you make of their decisions at the end? Do you have any sympathy for these parents?


Image via Philadelphia Police Department

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keelh... keelhaulrose

Who is going to have any sympathy for these monsters? 11 pounds at three? There are newborns heavier than that!

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

So, let me get this straight- for likely her entire life, a child was tortured and ultimately died as a result of that torture. And you're asking if we have sympathy for the torturers? Why on earth would anyone have sympathy? I think I've read articles by you about how you would go all mama bear on someone if they hurt your own daughter. So tell me, why would you even entertain the idea of sympathy towards people who killed a child when you are a mother of a little girl yourself? Disgusting.

nonmember avatar erica

Hell no I don't have sympathy for those monsters. I don't know what's so confusing about knowing who to charge and with what. Seems pretty clear to me. That poor baby.

caleb... calebsmama12312

This is so heartbreaking. Those parents should rot in prison & be starved the way that poor baby was. I can't even put into words how disgusted I feel. Why even have children if you have no intention of taking care of them? There should be a test you have to take to become a parent. There are people out there who would do anything to have a child to love & care for & then there's scum like this that don't deserve children..

Liz Bedard


nonmember avatar Christina

So sad!! There is a special place in hell for people like them! That poor sweet baby, makes me sick!

Shelley VF

Kill them. Starve them..the same way they starved her. Poor baby

Tracy Stinson

ny kind or no appeals either. If I was an attorney I would not represent people like this.This is very disturbing. These parents need to spend the rest of their life behind bars and no rights of a

Lou-Ann Hooper

What is wrong wtih people? That's all I can say, How can this happen? I'm heartbroken at what this little girl went through.

Natasha Nicole

These people need the same treatment as this baby had they need to be starved in their cell with insects and rodents eating their flesh better yet just let the other inmates know why they are there then they will get what is coming to them.... Sympathy hell no....... Rest In Peace baby girl Fly High

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