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Mother ignored advice to get medical help, daughter dies

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This was a tragic story. A 4-year-old girl, beaten so severely that she had to be rushed to the hospital where she later died.

Detectives arrested the little's girl's mom and her live-in boyfriend who was caring for the little girl.

The community came together Tuesday night to hold a vigil for 4-year-old Betzy Rodriguez-Centeno. The little girl died Sunday. The vigil was organized by a Facebook group for moms that the girl's mother was a part of.

Her 19-year old mother, Melissa Centeno, and her mother's live in boyfriend, Sergio Ortiz, are charged with child abuse.

"We're just here to support the baby."

"I'm just here to show love respect as a mother."

The mother told police she hit her daughter in the stomach twice Friday and said she had been vomiting and complaining of pain since.

Sunday, a pediatrician told her to take the little girl to the emergency room but she didn't.

Centeno only called 911 when the girl stopped breathing. Doctors found bruising all over the girl's body.

Centeno said she and her boyfriend hit the little girl frequently.

"She's a beautiful angel she didn't deserve this."

"Very emotional just because I have four kids and I have daughters."

Tuesday's vigil was held at the Del Mar Terrace Apartments, where Centeno lived, near 71st Avenue and Indian School.

It was organized by a Facebook group of mothers, which Centeno was a part of.

Hours before her daughter died, a screenshot shows a post by Centeno on the Facebook group, "...idk if I should take her to the hospital cuz shes got bruses alll over her cuz of falling and don't want them to say I miss treat her cuz I dint I love my daughter and would do anythung for them [sic]."

"She posted it and people were telling her to take her to the hospital."

"She had 50, 60 posts -- take her to the hospital."

So the other mothers encouraged her to get help, but she seemingly ignored their advice.

While both the girl's mother and her mother's boyfriend are charged with child abuse, police say they could face additional charges depending on the outcome of an autopsy.

Child Protective Services has custody of the couple's 1-year-old daughter.

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