Raw video: Maria Rivera's initial court appearance

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix mother is facing charges of child abuse for allegedly shaking her 11-month-old daughter so severely she might die.

Maria Rivera made her initial court appearance Wednesday.

"It wasn't child abuse. My daughter had a seizure and then fell down the stairs," Rivera said.

Hospital personnel told police the baby's injuries were not consistent with a fall, but rather with shaken baby syndrome.

Rivera was booked into Maricopa County Jail on two counts of child abuse, a class 2 felony. A judge set her bond at $200,000 and appointed a public defender.

A status conference has been scheduled for June 27, followed by a preliminary hearing on June 29.

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