4-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Kicked By Her Mother For Not 'Brushing Her Teeth'. Photo

A four-year-old girl who was allegedly kicked in the stomach by her own MOTHER for not brushing her teeth has died. Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks announced the child’s death yesterday evening. 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 who rushed to her apartment, where the mother told them her daughter – who has not yet been named – 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. Hernandez-Rivas is said to have claimed that her daughter fell backwards – hitting her head on the living room wall. 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.