Seven-year old Nixzmary died after a severe beating, allegedly at the hands of her stepfather, Cesar Rodriquez. Rodriguez apparently flew into a rage after Nixzmary took yogurt from the refrigerator. He also blamed her, despite her protestations of innocence, of damaging his printer. As a punishment, he purportedly threw her into the bathtub and drenched her with cold water before beating her severely. After the beating, he handed her to her mother, Nixzaliz Santiago, who dried her off, hearing the girl beg her not to leave her alone before her head drooped. After expressing her worries to Rodriguez, he tried to revive the girl with chest compressions, allegedly breaking her ribcage in the process. After her death became public, it came to light that social services had received several complaints about neglect and mistreatment from both neighbours and school officials, who noticed signs of physical abuse and malnourishment. Officials failed to gain entry to her home just weeks before her death and apparently did not follow through in seeking a search warrant. Her mother and stepfather have both been charged with second-degree murder, prosecutors alleging both torture and starvation. Nixzmary weighed just 36 pounds when she died.