SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A Lawrence man was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison Friday for giving cocaine to a 13-year-old girl who later died.
49-year-old Carlos Rivera pleaded guilty to all charges related to the death of a 13-year-old girl from Amesbury in 2019. The Essex County District Attorney's Office said these charges included involuntary manslaughter, aggravated rape of a child, rape, indecent assault and battery and distribution of cocaine to a minor.
Rivera was said to have brought the 13-year-old to Lawrence General Hospital on Monday, May 20, 2019 after giving her cocaine the night before. She was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. An autopsy revealed the girl died from an acute intoxication from a combination of fentanyl, cocaine, an antihistamine and ethanol.
In addition, police said Rivera was with the 13-year-old, and other teenage girls, in his apartment on the evening of May 19, 2019. WBZ-TV reports once River serves his sentence, he will released on a ten-year probation, will have register as a sex offender and cannot have unsupervised contact with anyone under 18.