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Child Dies Malnourished, Covered in Lice and Crabs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A badly malnourished child died days after being hospitalized in June, and this week the charge against the suspect in her death was upgraded to aggravated manslaughter.

According to the JSO arrest report of the incident, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department was transporting the child from a home on Cocoa Avenue in the Woodland Acres area to the hospital on June 24.

While en route, JFRD reported the child's heart had to be restarted.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report, at the hospital doctors noticed the child was covered in lice and crabs, was "very malnourished," and had a core temperature of 86.3 degrees, which one doctor said could indicate brain death.

On June 30, the child was pronounced dead.

The following day, an autopsy report listed the following as the cause of death. From the JSO report:

  • "Septic shock with hemorrhagic infractions of heart and adrenal glands, acute/subacute pancreatitis with peritonitis and pneumonia, mental retardation, malnutrition, diaper rash, and pediculosis."

After reviewing the findings, the State Attorney's Office recommended JSO raise the charges against 30-year-old Jessica Rivera from child neglect to aggravated manslaughter of a child under 18 by culpable negligence.


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