Mom turns child over to ACS, only to see him stabbed the very next day


Cassandra Rivera (right) is overwhelmed by news that her son, Negro Rivera (left), was in critical condition at hospital after being stabbed at PS 12 in Bronx.

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Cassandra Rivera (right) is overwhelmed by news that her son, Negro Rivera (left), was in critical condition at hospital after being stabbed at PS 12 in Bronx.

Police found a bloody pair of scissors at the scene after student Negro Rivera was jumped and stabbed.

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Police found a bloody pair of scissors at the scene after student Negro Rivera was jumped and stabbed.

Bronx mom went to court and asked that her 16-year-old son be placed in foster care.

Less than 24 hours later, she received a jolting phone call urging her to race to a hospital because the boy was near death after getting stabbed in the neck outside his Bronx school.

“When I heard the news I couldn’t breath,” said Cassandra Rivera, who stood vigil at Jacobi Medical Center, where her son was in critical condition. “He’s only 16. He’s my baby.”

Her son, Negro Rivera, was jumped while walking to Public School 12/Lewis and Clark School at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, police and relatives said.

He staggered into the Tratman Ave. school before collapsing on the stairs and screaming, witnesses said. A pair of bloody scissors, the handle wrapped in gauze, were found just steps away.

“They stabbed him in the jugular!” cried his grandmother Barbara Rivera.

“Why didn’t anyone step in?” she asked. “Why didn’t anyone help?”

Cassandra Rivera said her son suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder and was placed at PS12, which serves special-needs students.

A frequent runaway, Negro proved too much for his mother to handle. She went to court Tuesday and turned over her son to the city Administration for Children’s Services.

Negro was placed into foster care and returned to school, where he had been in a fight just days before, investigators said.

The 10th-grader was with his girlfriend yesterday when several teens approached looking for revenge, witnesses said. After an exchange of tough talk and some punches, one of Negro’s assailants pulled out the scissors and lunged at him.

“Negro had it coming to him,” said classmate Monique Jones, 16. “He was the class bully. He slapped me yesterday in the face for no reason. Looks like he picked on the wrong person this time.”

Police haven’t made an arrest.

Detectives were trying to determine whether his attackers also attend PS 12 or whether they go to nearby Lehman High School. Cops were checking surveillance cameras from PS 12 to see whether they captured images of the stabbing.

PS 12 is on the state’s list of “persistently dangerous” institutions, which means the school had two successive years with a high-crime rate.

There were 20 assaults at the school reported for the 2008-09 school year, according to Education Department statistics. Crime also has been on the rise at Lehman High School, which recently installed metal detectors.

“I know he had a fight two days ago,” the teen’s mom said. “Maybe this was retaliation.”

jlemire@nydailynews.com

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