Parents Charged In 3-Year-Old’s Starvation Death

PHILADELPHIA (September 10, 2013)--The parents of a disabled 3-year-old Philadelphia girl who died weighing just 11 pounds have been charged with murder in what authorities are calling a starvation death, police said.

Carlos Rivera, 30, and Carmen Ramirez, 27, also face charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal conspiracy in the death of Nathalyz Rivera, who was found unresponsive Monday at the family's squalid home.

The parents are in custody.

Homicide Capt. James Clark said the girl hadn't seen a doctor in more than a year despite what he called "severe disabilities" that he did not detail.

The girl's twin and three other siblings were in protective custody Tuesday.

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