Elizabeth Hur, KYW
WEST OAK LANE, Pa. (KYW) - Wearing bio-hazard suits and masks crime scene investigators tried to search the West Oak Lane home of 3-year-old Nathalyz Rivera where, according to police, the little girl died from starvation.
Once inside, however, investigators found the home strewn with trash.
They say it was so filthy and deplorable...they actually had to call in the fire department to use their ladder to take pictures from the outside.
"At the baby's death, she was 11 pounds and I saw the photos, they were extremely disturbing," Capt. James Clark of Philadelphia Police said.
Investigators are now talking to the child's parents Carmen Ramirez and Carlos Rivera.
The 30-year-old father police say found the child unresponsive overnight but instead of calling 911 we're told he called the child's mother who took the child to the hospital according to sources with bed sores, hair loss and bruises from bites.
"That may have been from fleas or insects or rodents biting her."
"To hear something like this happen, it's really sad when children are concerned."
"They usually stayed inside the house. They weren't as social as the rest of the kids in the neighborhood were."
Neighbors are baffled, investigators sickened.
They say the girl had severe disabilities and appears to have been neglected for quite some time.
Nathalyz, according to police, had four siblings-including a twin brother.
We're told they were taken to the hospital to be checked out and are now said to be in protective custody.
This, as police continue their investigation.