LAWRENCE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Lawrence man charged in the death of an Amesbury teenager was arraigned in Lawrence District Court Tuesday morning.
According to authorities, Carlos Rivera, 47, was with the 13-year-old victim before she died. Rivera is charged with two counts of distribution of Class B drugs to a minor, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14. WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal reports that the Class B drug was allegedly cocaine.
He was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing next Tuesday.
The Essex District Attorney's office said the 13-year-old girl and another teen were at Rivera’s Bellevue Street apartment last Sunday evening and most of Monday. Rivera allegedly gave the 13-year-old drugs and assaulted her.
The DA's office said Rivera dropped the 13-year-old off at Lawrence General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead last Monday.
“When I came in, she was lifeless. She had no pulse,” the girl's stepfather, Brian Dolan, said of her condition at the hospital.
Rivera was arrested on Saturday.
The other teen was allegedly in the car when Rivera dropped the victim off; a third teen, who is 16, was also involved.
The victim's mother, Debra, was informed her daughter was at the hospital by a text from one of the girl's friends. She said Rivera should have done more to assist her daughter.
“She was sick. Call an ambulance. Do something to try to save her,” Debra said while in tears. “He took away my world.”
The exact cause and manner of death has yet to be determined, and the DA has moved to impound paperwork related to the case.
WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports