A 20-year-old mother has been charged with the death of her daughter following a kicking incident. According to Fox 6, four-year-old Nohely Martinez Hernandez of Gaithersburg, Maryland died on February 1st, and her mother, Iris Hernandez Rivas, has been charged with assault and child abuse.
On January 26th, Hernandez Rivas made a 911 call claiming that the child was unresponsive. She told authorities that she had left the child in the shower and
discovered her face down in the tub, an hour earlier.
Detectives discovered bruises and head trauma and questioned the mother about abuse. She admitted that kicked her daughter in the stomach on the day of the incident because the child wouldn't brush her teeth. Hernandez Rivas says that the girl fell following the kick and hit her head on the wall and then went to the bathroom, where she was eventually discovered. She also admitted to previously striking her daughter with a belt.
Hernandez Rivas was arrested January 28th. She is charged with first degree child abuse and first degree assault and is being held without bond.
[Photo: Montgomery County Police Department/Fox 6]