2005-11-18 / Community

ME Says Death Of Arverne Girl A Homicide

Father Charged With Murder in Death of 7-year-old
By Howard Schwach

A 7-year-old Arverne girl who died of what doctors thought were natural causes on October 25 was murdered, the city Medical Examiner said on Tuesday.

Sierra Roberts, of 72-21 Hillmeyer Avenue was rushed to the Peninsula Hospital Center and died the same day. Doctors at the time said that the little girl showed no visible signs of trauma and her death was attributed to cardiac arrest.

This week, however, the Medical Examiner announced that an autopsy revealed massive internal injuries and numerous bones, police sources say.

Her father, Russell Roberts, 43, was charged with murder, manslaughter and child abuse.

Published sources say that the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) had an ‘extensive” file on Roberts and had once taken the child away from him for a short period of time.

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