Weeks after the lifeless body of a 13-year-old girl was left at a Massachusetts emergency room, newly unsealed court documents give insight into the disturbing events which led up to her tragic death.
Chloe Ricard was dumped at the Lawrence General Hospital on May 20 and died shortly upon her arrival.
"From what one of the police officers said at the hospital, she was brought in and dumped at the hospital. They said she was lifeless. No pulse, no nothing, they just drove in and dropped her off," the girl's stepfather, Brian Dolan, told Boston news station WFXT at the time. "She didn't even have a pulse when they pushed her out of the car."
Days later, a middle-aged man was arrested in connection with the incident.
Carlos Rivera, 47, of Lawrence, has been charged with two counts of giving drugs to a minor, two counts 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, according to a statement from Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
Officials believe he and another teenager dumped Ricard at the hospital. He allegedly hung out with multiple teens before Ricard's death.
Newly unsealed court records obtained by The Boston Globe claimed he drove to the hospital to leave Ricard and then flagged down hospital workers.
It alleged that right after dropping the unconscious girl off, Rivera walked to a nearby sewer drain to discard of cocaine, and that he threw a small bag containing white powder, along with two straws, into a drain near the hospital.
Investigators said they later found a bag of white powder, two cut up white plastic straws, and an orange cigarette filter in that drain.
One teen witness told investigators that they witnessed Rivera give cocaine to teens, according to those court documents. Another accused him of touching her inappropriately just days before Ricard died.
The exact reason for Ricard’s death has not yet been released.
“Chloe was a great kid. She was pretty smart. She was bright. She was beautiful,” Dolan told local station WCVB in May. “Just the wrong place with the wrong people.”
Her mother called her beautiful and kind.
“Everyone that met her loved her; she was so social,” her mom, Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan, said, according to The Boston Globe.
She reportedly loved drawing and wanted to grow up to become a tattoo artist.
Rivera is due back in court on July 19. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
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