A 20-year-old woman from Gaithersburg has been arrested in connection with her daughter’s suspicious death. Authorities believe that the young mother savagely beat her daughter after she refused to brush her teeth. The girl was still alive when the authorities discovered her but later died at the hospital due to severe head trauma.
20-year-old Iris Hernandez-Rivas from Gaithersburg was recently charged with child abuse, assault, and possibly murder after her 4-year-old daughter died in a local hospital. According to Rivas, on Wednesday, her daughter went up to the bathroom located on the second floor in order to take a shower.
After some time, 15 minutes to be precise, the woman said she went up the stairs, as her daughter did not respond. Entering the bathroom, Hernandez-Rivas declared seeing her 4-year-old daughter with her face down in the bathtub. Minutes later, she called dialed 911 and told the paramedics that her daughter was unresponsive.
An emergency response team shortly arrived at Hernandez’s residence and took the girl to the local hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital’s emergency room, the doctors examining the girl, only to find severe bruises on her abdomen and a life-threatening head trauma.
To improve her chances of survival, the doctors decided to transfer her to the Children’s National Medical Hospital situated in Washington DC. Unfortunately, upon arrived at the Washington medical center, the girl passed away due to the extent of her head injury.
Acting on their suspicion, the local law enforcement authorities arrested the girl’s mother and brought her down to the station for an interview. Eventually, the criminal mother confessed to what transpired that day in the bathroom.
According to the woman’s testimony, as soon as the girl entered the bathroom, the woman followed her in order to make sure that she brushes her teeth. Once inside, seeing that she did not do as she was told, the woman got angry and hit her daughter.
While on the floor, the criminal mother kicked the 4-year-old in the abdomen until she lost consciousness. According to the authorities, the girl suffered the head trauma while trying to get up and flee. As her mother continued to kick her in the abdomen, the little girl fell on her back and hit her head against the bathtub’s ledge.
The criminal mother has been charged with aggravated child abuse, assault, and possibly first-degree murder, depending on the results of the autopsy.
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