WORCESTER (CBS/AP) – A Worcester woman and her boyfriend have been arrested after the woman’s 4-year-old daughter died.

Police say they found the girl unresponsive at the couple’s home on West Boylston Drive at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday. She was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

“My daughter is clumsy,and often walks into walls.” That’s how Lymari Acevedo explains her daughter’s death to police.

Thursday night, Worcester police were called to Acevedo’s apartment. Inside, the 4-year-old was unresponsive.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

Acevedo’s boyfriend, Richard Castillo, told police when he found the little girl unconscious, he slapped her on the back. But, the 4-year-old was found with bruises covering her body, “from her chest to her feet,” according to the police report.

Lymari Acevedo told police she sometimes spanks the girl, “but when informed of the hand print on the girl’s back, Lymari remembered that she may have missed a couple of times, and struck the girl in the back,” according to the police report.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

The police report also found, “the victim had fried blood around her nose, wet hair, urine soaked underwear, and rigor had begun to set in.”

The couple is being held without bail.

The deceased girl is not the biological daughter of Castillo. But, the couple does have a 6-month-old, who is now in state care.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.

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Comments (7)
  1. illegal says:

    i don’t care what excuse they come up with, throw them in jail for life.

  2. jaygee says:

    Another story regarding a “single mother. a boyfriend and an abused or murdered child”. This goes on all over the country and yet nothing can be done to prevent such tragedy. I know what should be done to these people but some would say my idea of punishment is too harsh.

  3. Audrey says:

    Stories like this make me so sad. Children are precious… what is wrong with people?? I agree with the person above, throw them in jail for life.

  4. jitters says:

    revoke the welfare card from these vermin…

  5. emom says:

    are you kidding ,, she may have missed and hit her back,, REALLY ARE YOU SERIOUS,,,, how about we line up 100 people with kids, and hold a slapping contest,, lets see how they like being slapped around and lets leave some bruising so they can feel the incredible pain they inflicked on that poor innocent child,,, thank god they took the baby out,, BUT, how much you wanna bet that in about 6 months,, the mother will regain custody of the baby and then the beatings will resume,,, yeah this happens way to much,, once a child is beaten, take them from a parent ,, they should never get that child back ,,, revoke their parenhood permantly

  6. redneck says:

    i wonder what there job titles in the working sector are, ???
    beating up children……. hang -um both

  7. tricia says:

    there should be a psych eval done on parents before they have kids and there is no excuses for hurting your child i couldn’t do it to mine ever!!! if the child is crying hold them if they are bothering you then before you snap call someone!!! ppl there are women out there that would be great parents but they are unable to have kids ..

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