A 47-year-old Massachusetts man has been arrested after authorities say he gave a 13-year-old drugs shortly before he dropped her off at a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Carlos Rivera is facing two counts of giving drugs to a minor, one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 and one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14 after authorities say he and another female teen dropped 13-year-old Chloe Ricard off at the hospital Monday afternoon, according to a statement from Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
“I want to commend the entire investigative team who worked around the clock to determine the events leading of the tragic death of a 13-year-old girl,” Blodgett said. “We will continue our diligent pursuit of justice for this victim.”
Rivera is expected to be arraigned on the charges Tuesday, the same day the young teen’s family plans to celebrate her life during a planned visitation at a local funeral home, The Boston Globe reports.
“Chloe was a great kid. She was pretty smart. She was bright. She was beautiful,” her stepfather Brian Dolan told local station WCVB. “Just the wrong place with the wrong people.”
Authorities said Rivera and another teen under the age of 16 brought Ricard to the hospital at 4:47 p.m. Monday; Ricard was pronounced dead just a short time later.
Dolan said hospital staff told him that the teen didn’t have a pulse when she arrived at the hospital.
Her mother, Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan, expressed anguish at the way her daughter had been taken the hospital.
“Who can do that? Who can take and just dump her? It’s just the most horrific act,” she told the station.
Blodgett said Ricard and the other female teen spent Sunday night and most of the day Monday with Rivera before the 13-year-old’s death, although it’s not yet clear what relationship Rivera may have had to the girls.
The chief medical examiner has not yet ruled how Ricard died.
“This matter remains under investigation by the Essex District Attorney’s Office, the Essex State Police Detective Unit and the Lawrence Police,” Blodgett said in his statement.
Rivera is being held on a $750,000 bail.
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