Documents: Uncle Charged In 11-Year-Old's Death Paid Kids To Take Pills

HAVERHILL (WBZ NewsRadio) — Disturbing new allegations in the death of Precious Wallaces were revealed in court documents.

Wallaces, an 11-year-old girl from Haverhill, had been staying at her uncle Miguel Rivera's rooming house apartment with her brother when she died after being exposed to several drugs, including fentanyl.

In January, Rivera was charged in her death—as well as with forcibly raping her.

In court documents first reported on by the Eagle Tribune's Jill Harmacinski, Precious's younger brother told investigators Rivera would pay the children to take small red pills, $30-$50 each. The boy told police their mother was aware.

A Department of Children and Families worker alleges the children suffered neglect by both their uncle and their mother, Cynthia Rivera.

The documents state that Cynthia Rivera was repeatedly offered an escort by State Police to be with her dying daughter in a Boston hospital, but said no because she had to get methadone first.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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