- A 47-year-old man has been charged in connection to a 13-year-old who was pronounced dead after she was dropped off at a Massachusetts hospital.
- Carlos Rivera was arrested Saturday after authorities accused him of giving drugs to Massachusetts teen Chloe Ricard, who investigators say was at Rivera’s apartment along with another young girl before she was taken to the hospital.
- Ricard’s family have been vocal since her disappearance, saying the teen was dropped off like “a bag of trash.”
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A man has been charged in connection to the death of a 13-year-old who was pronounced dead after she was dropped off at a Massachusetts hospital.
Carlos Rivera, 47, was arrested Saturday, after authorities accused him of giving drugs to Chloe Ricard before dropping her off at Lawrence General Hospital and telling staff she needed help Monday night. Rivera is also reportedly facing charges of indecent assault.
Investigators with the Essex District Attorney’s Office said Ricard and another girl were at Rivera’s apartment Sunday evening and during most of Monday, according to MassLive.
Ricard’s mother, Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan, and stepfather, Brian Dolan, told the Boston Globe they grew concerned when Chloe didn’t come home Sunday night, but a friend of Chloe’s on Monday morning told them their daughter was safe.
Goldsmith-Dolan told the Globe that she filed a police report Monday evening after Chloe’s Department of Children and Families case worker notified her of “red flags” and said the girl was thinking of moving to Virginia. At the police office, she received a text from Chloe’s friend that her daughter had been taken to a hospital.
“You ruined my life,” Goldsmith-Dolan said Tuesday, according to CBS Boston. “All you had to do if she was sick was call the ambulance, do something to try and save her. You took away my world.”
“They dropped her off like she was a bag of trash,” said Ricard’s stepfather, Brian Dolan. “Have some compassion.”
Her family set up a GoFundMe page, where they wrote that 13-year-old Ricard was taken “far too soon.”
Chloe is said to have had a turbulent upbringing, with her biological father reportedly dying five years ago.
Rivera is being held on $75,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Lawrence District Court.