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Veronica Yuliann Rivera-Cruz
11211 Sarahjoe Bright Place
- Aggravated Child Abuse (4 counts)
- Child Neglect with Great Bodily Harm
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.