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21-year-old mom accused of shaking baby daughter

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An 11-month-old baby is in extremely critical condition after she was allegedly shaken by her mother.

Tuesday night about 9 p.m., Phoenix Police officers were called to an area hospital on reports of an injured baby. Hospital staff said the baby's injuries were not consistent with the mother's explanation.

Over the course of their investigation, detectives discovered the baby had been shaken by her mother, and that she had allegedly waited for over an hour to call for help.

21-year-old Maria A. Rivera was arrested two counts of child abuse.

In court, Rivera repeatedly tried to tell a judge what she says really happened.

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

According to court papers, Stormi had severe had trauma and low brain activity, injuries she could have only gotten from someone severely shaking her.

Rivera admitted to shaking her, but told them that was one technique she used to try and revive her.

She said that on and off for about 20 to 30 minutes she shook her, and then after an hour had passed, she called her mother in Maricopa for help instead of dialing 911.

And police say they also discovered an adult bite mark on her left thigh that Rivera just couldn't explain. She's behind bars on a $200,000 bond.

At last check, the girl is clinging to life.

Rivera's two other children, a one-month-old and a 2-year-old, are in the custody of CPS. In addition, a third child who is Rivera's niece but was in the custody of Rivera's mother, is also with CPS, according to police.

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