Parents charged with murder in West Oak Lane girl’s starvation death

Carlos Rivera and Carmen Ramirez Credit: Philadelphia Police Dept.
Carlos Rivera and Carmen Ramirez face several charges, including murder, in the death of their daughter.
Credit: Philadelphia Police

Philadephia police have charged a couple with murder and several other offenses in the starvation death of their 3-year-old special needs daughter, who reportedly weighed just 11 pounds when she died Monday.

Nathalyz Rivera died Monday morning at Albert Einstein Medical Center after her mother took her there when she became unresponsive. 

Police announced this morning they have charged the girl’s parents — Carlos Rivera, 30, and Carmen Ramirez, 27, both of the 7300 block of Sommers Road — with murder, involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and criminal conspiracy.

Four other children were removed from the couple’s squalid West Oak Lane home and turned over to the Department of Human Services.

Nathalyz Rivera reportedly had bruises from fleas, rodents or bugs biting her when she was brought into the hospital early Monday.



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