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March 30, 1988 | By LESLIE SCISM, Daily News Staff Writer
For the next 60 days, Naomi Rivera - found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 2-year-old child - will undergo evaluation at Norristown State Hospital as psychiatrists try to determine the state of her mental health. Common Pleas Judge John J. Poserina ordered the testing yesterday and postponed sentencing for Rivera, who could be jailed for 2 1/2 to 5 years. A court psychiatrist who had interviewed her said Rivera was "not psychotic and not suicidal," but clearly had problems.
NEWS
March 29, 1988 | By LESLIE SCISM, Daily News Staff Writer
Shaking slightly, Naomi Rivera quietly dabbed her eyes with a yellow tissue yesterday as a Common Pleas judge acquitted her of charges that she murdered her daughter through neglect but found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Common Pleas Judge John J. Poserina postponed sentencing this morning, pending psychiatric evaluation, in the case involving Carmen Gonzalez, 2, who died July 26 of what the medical examiner's office said was blood poisoning from diaper rash. Rivera, 25, could be jailed for 2 1/2 to 5 years on the manslaughter charge.
NEWS
March 25, 1988 | By LESLIE SCISM, Daily News Staff Writer
Though 2-year-old Carmen Gonzalez was under the supervision of two social workers before her death from severe diaper rash, neither social worker ever saw the child unclothed, court testimony disclosed yesterday. Neither did either worker venture much beyond the living room to other parts of the family's two-story Hunting Park rowhouse, it was testified in the murder trial of the child's mother, Naomi Rivera. Elsewhere in the house, according to earlier police testimony, there were thousands of roaches, a stench of urine and human waste, a non-working toilet filled with human waste, a non-working refrigerator with spoiled food, silverware and dishes caked with food, and no running water.
NEWS
March 23, 1988 | By LESLIE SCISM, Daily News Staff Writer
Naomi Rivera, accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter through neglect, lived in gross, primitive circumstances, according to police testimony yesterday in the opening day of her Common Pleas Court trial. Her Hunting Park rowhouse reeked so much of urine that one police detective testified that he had held a handkerchief over his nose as he investigated. "The odor was horrendous," Detective Joseph Walsh recalled yesterday. "As soon as you opened the front door, the house reeked of urine . . . In the kitchen there were live and dead roaches - thousands on the floor, in the cabinets, on the shelves.
NEWS
September 10, 1987 | By LESLIE SCISM, Daily News Staff Writer
Municipal Judge Morton Krase will decide today whether Naomi Rivera, whose daughter died in July of blood poisoning from diaper rash and whose infant son was hospitalized, should be tried for murder. Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Halbert Fillinger testified during a preliminary hearing for Rivera yesterday that there were "crater-like reddened areas" covering the bottom of one of the children - the result of a severe untreated diaper rash. The rash caused blood poisoning that resulted in the death of the child, Fillinger said.
NEWS
September 11, 1987 | By LESLIE SCISM, Daily News Staff Writer
A municipal judge yesterday dropped a murder charge against a Hunting Park woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter through neglect, heaping blame instead on the city's Department of Human Services. Judge Morton Krase said he was "absolutely shocked" that the department apparently failed to take steps to save Carmen Gonzalez, who died in July of malnutrition, dehydration and blood poisoning from diaper rash. Krase was particularly upset by testimony indicating the family lacked running water for as long as six months.
NEWS
July 29, 1987 | By Henry Goldman, Robert J. Terry and Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writers
A North Philadelphia woman whose 2-year-old daughter died Sunday from what an investigator described as "classic child-neglect syndrome" was charged with murder last night in the girl's death, police said. The death of Carmen Gonzalez is the third suspected child-abuse homicide reported in the last three months in which the city's Department of Human Services (DHS) had received a prior report that a child was being neglected. In this instance, Naomi Rivera, 24, the mother of Carmen, has insisted that she is a good mother and has denied that she ever abused or neglected her children, according to police.
NEWS
May 13, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I came back from book tour with something for Mother's Day. Diaper rash. Yes, you read that correctly. I'd been on a book tour that started in Philadelphia and traveled to all over the country in the same jeans. I had no way to wash them, and I have only one pair. That I can fit into. I wore the jeans on the planes, in the hotel rooms, during the signings, out to dinner with readers and booksellers - anyway, you get the idea. What happened was that I started to chafe in Buckhead, which is too ritzy an Atlanta suburb to start itching in your pants.
NEWS
January 30, 1987 | By TONI LOCY, Daily News Staff Writer
At 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 8, 1984, Police Officer John Baker responded to an emergency call - "hospital case, a child. " When he arrived at 2024 S. 22nd St. in South Philadelphia, Baker encountered an all-too-typical scene. A hysterical mother stood in the street, screaming, "The baby's dead, the baby's dead. " The officer was led by the child's father, Leon Paparo, through the dark, filthy house, where the Paparos lived with their six children and three fish tanks of snakes.
NEWS
November 18, 1994
Attention, American Taxpayers! You Are Being Robbed! That's the conservative message from the Children's Defense Fund in "Wasting American's Future," a study that for the first time pins down the cost of child poverty to the nation - and the cost to eliminate it. Focusing on the most measurable effects of child poverty - such as reducing educational attainment and limiting economic productivity - CDF reached some startling conclusions....
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May 19, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I visited Mother Mary, but it wasn't all laughs. I had a night free on book tour in Naples, Fla., so I made the trip to Miami to take her out to dinner for Mother's Day. I arrived to pick her up, but she wasn't dressed, because she had decided she didn't want to go. "We should stay home and order Papa John," she said, frowning. "Ma, you can't have Papa John's on Mother's Day. " "Why not?" "Let me take you out. " "No. " "Please. It's my Mother's Day, too. " "Hmph.
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May 13, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I came back from book tour with something for Mother's Day. Diaper rash. Yes, you read that correctly. I'd been on a book tour that started in Philadelphia and traveled to all over the country in the same jeans. I had no way to wash them, and I have only one pair. That I can fit into. I wore the jeans on the planes, in the hotel rooms, during the signings, out to dinner with readers and booksellers - anyway, you get the idea. What happened was that I started to chafe in Buckhead, which is too ritzy an Atlanta suburb to start itching in your pants.
NEWS
May 8, 2010
THERE'S not a lot left to say about mothers. Most of it's been said by people a lot more sentimental than I am. Yes, I have a mother, and I love her very much. She was always the one who fed me, clothed me and comforted me when things didn't go my way. She was an encourager, a nurturer, a teacher and a healer, too. In fact, she was so many things it's hard to count them all. But it's not what she did that made her so wonderful. It's how she did it. Mothers, you see, have their own special style.
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August 21, 2009 | By Natalie Pompilio FOR THE INQUIRER
It's a Philly thing, Drew Olanoff said: When faced with adversity, "we need something we can hate, something you can take hold of and beat on. " Sports fans have the Cowboys - and now, maybe Michael Vick. Disgruntled workers have their bosses. Olanoff - and now thousands of others - have his cancer. "BlameDrewsCancer" is the Web site Olanoff launched in May soon after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Connected with Twitter, the site allows people to blame Olanoff's disease for everything from the weather to the economy, bad relationships to bad pop music.
NEWS
November 18, 1994
Attention, American Taxpayers! You Are Being Robbed! That's the conservative message from the Children's Defense Fund in "Wasting American's Future," a study that for the first time pins down the cost of child poverty to the nation - and the cost to eliminate it. Focusing on the most measurable effects of child poverty - such as reducing educational attainment and limiting economic productivity - CDF reached some startling conclusions....
NEWS
March 30, 1988 | By LESLIE SCISM, Daily News Staff Writer
For the next 60 days, Naomi Rivera - found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 2-year-old child - will undergo evaluation at Norristown State Hospital as psychiatrists try to determine the state of her mental health. Common Pleas Judge John J. Poserina ordered the testing yesterday and postponed sentencing for Rivera, who could be jailed for 2 1/2 to 5 years. A court psychiatrist who had interviewed her said Rivera was "not psychotic and not suicidal," but clearly had problems.
NEWS
March 29, 1988 | By LESLIE SCISM, Daily News Staff Writer
Shaking slightly, Naomi Rivera quietly dabbed her eyes with a yellow tissue yesterday as a Common Pleas judge acquitted her of charges that she murdered her daughter through neglect but found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Common Pleas Judge John J. Poserina postponed sentencing this morning, pending psychiatric evaluation, in the case involving Carmen Gonzalez, 2, who died July 26 of what the medical examiner's office said was blood poisoning from diaper rash. Rivera, 25, could be jailed for 2 1/2 to 5 years on the manslaughter charge.
NEWS
March 29, 1988 | By Dan Meyers, Inquirer Staff Writers
After her sometimes tearful testimony, Naomi Rivera was found guilty yesterday of involuntary manslaughter but was acquitted of a murder charge in the death in July of her 2-year-old daughter. Common Pleas Court Judge John J. Poserina Jr. gave his ruling immediately after closing arguments in the nonjury trial. Earlier yesterday, Rivera, 25, took the witness stand in her defense, speaking in a barely audible tone and clutching her stomach as though in pain. She said that when her daughter, Carmen Gonzalez, died, "it was like part of me died.
NEWS
March 25, 1988 | By LESLIE SCISM, Daily News Staff Writer
Though 2-year-old Carmen Gonzalez was under the supervision of two social workers before her death from severe diaper rash, neither social worker ever saw the child unclothed, court testimony disclosed yesterday. Neither did either worker venture much beyond the living room to other parts of the family's two-story Hunting Park rowhouse, it was testified in the murder trial of the child's mother, Naomi Rivera. Elsewhere in the house, according to earlier police testimony, there were thousands of roaches, a stench of urine and human waste, a non-working toilet filled with human waste, a non-working refrigerator with spoiled food, silverware and dishes caked with food, and no running water.
NEWS
March 25, 1988 | By Henry Goldman and Dan Meyers, Inquirer Staff Writers
A private social worker who had been hired to counsel a woman now on trial in the death of her 2-year-old daughter testified yesterday that during more than six months of home visits, she never saw any problems indicating the woman's children were at risk. The social worker, Anna Fernandez Parmet, testified that she was first assigned to the woman, Naomi Rivera, by her supervisor at Southern Home Services, a private agency that contracts with the city's Department of Human Services to counsel families.
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