Sarasota, FL (April 17, 2019) – Yesterday, 25-year-old Sarai Rivera was arrested for child abuse after a couple came home and found bruises all over their young children.
Both the 2-year-old and 8-month-old that had been entrusted to Rivera’s care were admitted to the Sarasota Memorial Hospital after their parents came home to find that they had been bruised on the neck and face.
The parents immediately questioned Rivera, who said that the boy had thrown a toy at the girl and the girl gave the boy a “hickey” by kissing him too hard. The children were taken to the hospital for a medical examination. Under this examination, detectives discovered that the marks were consistent with intentional grabbing and pinching. Police said that the bruises were not accidental.
Rivera spoke with detectives and told them that she was adjusting to medication to cope with depression and that she was prone to ‘snapping’ or becoming irritable. She also admitted that she had been drinking alcohol that was left at the parent’s home while she was supposed to be watching the children.
Rivera finally confessed that the baby started screaming and she wasn’t able to calm her down, then grabbing her chin out of frustration. She also admitted that the whipped the infant’s face with a towel and “sucked” the boy’s neck.
Rivera has since been arrested on two counts of child abuse.
Sarasota Child Abuse Laws
Being charged with a Florida child abuse crime can be a difficult thing to face, especially when the court system treats these cases with special care, as they are some of the most heinous crimes that a person can face. Crimes against children are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, which might mean that you could be facing time in prison, fines, and even losing custody or not being able to work around children. It is important to have an experienced attorney on your side if you believe that you were unfairly charged or have a valid defense to protect you from the most serious charges.
At Musca Law, we understand how you might be feeling frightened and humiliated after you have been charged with one of these crimes, which is why we want you to act quickly to retain your rights. Our experienced attorneys have a deep understanding of the many laws that dictate child abuse crimes. We have a grasp of how the criminal justice system in Florida works and will apply our knowledge to your case to help you achieve proven case results. Please contact us to find out how we can assist you at (800) 687-2252.
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