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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-547

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 5, 2017
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    Aggravated Child Abuse/Child Neglect With Great Bodily Harm

    The defendant failed to provide medical attention for the victim.
    • Monday
    • October 2, 2017
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Suspect:

    Veronica Yuliann Rivera-Cruz
    DOB: 2-24-96
    11211 Sarahjoe Bright Place
    Seffner

    Charges:

    • Aggravated Child Abuse (4 counts)
    • Child Neglect with Great Bodily Harm

    Victim:

    • 19-month-old female

    Details:

    On October 2, 2017, at approximately 11:00 pm, the suspect brought the 19-month-old female (which was in her care) to Brandon Regional Hospital for swelling of the child's left leg. Upon review of the victim, the hospital, along with medical personnel from the Child Protection Team located and confirmed multiple injuries to the child. It was determined physical abuse has occurred consistently for at least two months based on the different stages of healing and acute injuries. The defendant failed to provide any medical attention for the victim that any prudent person would consider essential to a child's well being. As a result of the defendants neglect, the victim had to live day to day with numerous injuries to her body. The child has since been transferred to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. Rivera-Cruz was arrested on October 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm and transported to Hillsborough County Jail.

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