Rosa Rivera: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Rosa Rivera

Orange County Corrections Rosa Rivera charged with stabbing daughter, 11, and driving dead body to hospital.

Rosa Rivera is a Florida mom charged with stabbing her 11-year-old daughter to death more than a dozen times, The Orlando Sentinel reports. Police say the woman stabbed her daughter because she believed she was sexually active.

Rivera, 28, was arrested after she drove her daughter, Aleyda Rivera, to Winnie Palmer Hospital with 15 stab wounds to her back and arm.

Police say Rivera first pounded on the door of a home at 7:30 am and accused a man there of having sex with her daughter. The girl denied having sex with anyone, witnesses told police.

Rivera initially denied stabbing her daughter but eventually admitted to killing her to “prevent her from having sex with other men,” police said.

Rivera is facing a first-degree murder charge and is being held without bail at Orange County Jail.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Rosa Rivera Accused a Man of Having Sex With Her 11-Year-Old Daughter

Mother accused of stabbing 11-year-old daughter to keep her from having sexAuthorities say a mother fatally stabbed her 11-year-old daughter because she didn't want the child to have sex.2019-03-11T16:29:16.000Z

Police say Rivera believed her daughter, 11-year-old Aleyda Rivera, was having sex with men because she began to smile “different.”

Leading up to the attack, Rivera went to a home in Orange County and began to pound on the door, accusing a man who was in the home of having sex with her daughter.

Her daughter denied having sex with anyone, witnesses told investigators.


2. Rivera Drove Her Dead Daughter’s Body to a Hospital

Woman kills 11 year old daughter to keep her from having sex, officials sayA 28-year-old woman stabbed her 11-year-old daughter to death Sunday because she thought the girl was having sex with men, according to an arrest affidavit. Rosa Alcides Rivera faces first-degree murder charges in the death of her daughter, Aleyda. Authorities said Rivera stabbed her daughter at least 15 times in a car and drove her to Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando. Hospital staff began to assist Rivera and realized that her daughter was dead, the affidavit said. Hospital security surrounded Rivera and called an off-duty Orlando police officer who was working security at Orlando Regional Medical Center for assistance, and he placed Rivera in handcuffs, officials said. Rivera had cuts near her wrist and was taken to a hospital, where she was cleared medically, officials said. In an interview, Rivera first told detectives that a man had stabbed her daughter before running away. She later said she had killed her daughter and her "baby is gone," according to the affidavit. Officials said the incident began at a home on Citadel Drive, where Rivera had accused her mother's boyfriend of having sex with her daughter. Witnesses told officers that the girl had denied having sex with him, the affidavit said. According to officials, Rivera said she killed her daughter to prevent her from having sexual relations with men. She said she believed her daughter was having sex with men because she "smiled different," according to the affidavit. Rivera also told detectives that she attempted to make her daughter comfortable while she was stabbing her, according to authorities. Officials said Rivera then harmed herself, resulting in the cuts to her arm, before she arrived at the hospital. Authorities said Aleyda Rivera attended West Ridge Middle School, where grief counselors will be on hand Monday to talk to her classmates.2019-03-11T16:39:12.000Z

Later on Sunday, Rivera drove her child’s body to Winnie Palmer Hospital.

She was detained by security after wielding a knife soaked with blood, The Sentinel reported.

“My baby is gone,” Rivera told first responders.


3. Rivera Stabbed Her Daughter in The Back 15 Times, Police Say

Aleyda Rivera had 15 stab wounds to her back and a defensive wound to her arm when first responders found her in her mother’s car.

“Rivera stated she stabbed her daughter while in the car, and while stabbing her she was attempting to make her more comfortable,” police said in an arrest report.

Rivera told police that she believed her daughter was in heaven.


4. Rivera Said She Killed Her Daughter to Stop Her From Having Sex

Rivera initially denied stabbing her daughter but eventually admitted to doing it “to prevent her from having sex with other men,” police said in the arrest report.

Rivera told deputies she did not see her daughter having sex and her daughter did not say that she was having sex.

Rivera said she believed her daughter was sexually active because she began to smile “different.”


5. Rivera Was Charged With First-Degree Murder

Rivera is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the attack.

She was taken to a hospital to be treated for cuts near her wrist and was medically cleared.

She is being held without bail in the Orange County Jail.

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