Cuyahoga County

Little boy dies from beating, brought back by doctors


CLEVELAND -- From the very beginning, Cleveland police told WKYC it was one of the worst cases of child abuse they had ever seen. A little boy, almost 4-years-old, starved and beaten so badly by his mother, that his heart stopped in the ER at MetroHealth Medical Center.

He survived, but could this have been prevented?

The little boy's father, Victor Soler, is on a mission to stop child abuse after seeing what happened to his son.

"It has to stop, children are a gift from God," said Victor.

His son, Yaniel Rivera, didn't live with him but lived with the biological mother. Carla Rivera has since been sentenced to 19 years in prison for the violent child abuse.

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