‘They hit me’

On Tues. a neighbor heard screaming from another apartment. She went running to see what was the matter. At the apartment she found Kiana Rosado, 3, gasping for air. Then she stopped breathing. The neighbor called 911, then followed their instructions to see if Kiana had something stuck in her throat. One thing she noticed, was a lot of what appeared to be bruising on the child.

The mother Jessica Rosado, 19, who had been screaming stood stunned nearby. Mother’s boyfriend, Ruben Pagan watched quietly. The neighbor asked them how the child got the bruises. And the mother responded: ‘She does that to herself. She doesn’t want to eat. She doesn’t listen’  Kiana was taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Kiana’s father told media that he had not seen his daughter since May 16, because the mother wouldn’t allow a visit. But he recalled that she had bruises at that time. He asked her how she got the bruises, and the child said ‘They hit me’. The mother’s sister says the boyfriend was possessive. Says that “He didn’t allow us to see her. We didn’t get to go to her home”  Children’s services indicated that they had had one complaint on the family in the past, for nonsupervision of the child, but it was unsubstantiated. Later articles say they had no contact with the child.

The autopsy showed that Kiana died from a severe blow to the torso that lacerated her liver. The child also had other bruises that were in various stages of healing.

Police have arrested  Jessica Rosado in the beating death of her 3 year old daughter. She has been charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child. The boyfriend Ruben Pagan, 23, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of marijuana. Both were in custody late on Wed.  




Many times when a child dies from violence, all eyes will turn to the male in the home. We don’t want to believe that a mother could harm her own child. We want to believe that it could be the stepfather or boyfriend who would take the actions that would cause the death of a child.

And indeed, that is too often the truth. But in reality, when a child in the home dies, no one should be exempt from scrutiny. Fathers, and mothers do kill children. Grandparents kill children. I hate it, but it is true.

I was struck by the talk of the bruising. The father admitted seeing bruising. Little Kiana even told him how she got the bruises. He said that he didn’t know how she got the bruising, since he wasn’t there to see. And that he didn’t want to accuse, since he didn’t see himself. No one else made reports either. No other family or neighbors contacted Children’s services about this bruising. It reminds me little Nixmary Brown, whom I blogged about here and here. This happened in January. She was tortured before she died. And there were few calls about her, only the school had made the effort to call attention to her plight. There were speeches and headlines calling for people to contact Children’s services if they saw a child at risk. Both of these cases happened in the Greater New York area. Now it is June, and people seem to have already forgotten the lesson we learned there.

If you see a child at risk, please contact Children’s services. That is all you have to do. It is their job to investigate and see if the child is being abused. And it is their job to determine who committed any abuse they find. All you have to do is call them. And you can do it anonymously.

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