CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland woman has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for beating her 3-year-old son so badly he was comatose when he was taken to a hospital.
Twenty-eight-year-old Carla Rivera was sentenced Tuesday in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County court. The Plain Dealer reports Rivera apologized and said she is bipolar and became overwhelmed.
She was accused of damaging her son's internal organs, breaking his ribs and causing kidney failure and severe malnutrition. He also had a human bite mark.
Rivera pleaded guilty to charges of felonious assault, endangering children and misdemeanor domestic violence.
Two of her seven children told investigators she repeatedly beat the child with a broom handle. He suffered cardiac arrest after being taken to a hospital March 4 but survived.
Rivera's attorney didn't return telephone calls Tuesday.
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