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Case of Dying Girl Left at Hospital Takes a Turn

Carlos Rivera, 47, is accused of distributing drugs and indecent assault
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2019 12:30 PM CDT
Chloe Ricard.   (Courtesy photo)

(Newser) – Police arrested a Massachusetts man Saturday in the case of a teenage girl who was dropped off at a hospital to die, NBC News reports. Carlos Rivera, 47, allegedly spent last Sunday and most of Monday at his apartment with the victim, 13-year-old Chloe Ricard, and a 16-year-old girl, before dumping Chloe off at a Lawrence hospital Monday afternoon. She was pronounced dead shortly after her 4:47pm arrival. Rivera is now facing charges of distributing Class B drugs to a minor, as well as committing indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and a person over 14. How he allegedly met the girls is unclear, but a source tells ABC News he knew them before Sunday. Chloe's cause of death hasn't been revealed despite an autopsy conducted this week.

That leaves Chloe's stepfather Brian Dolan, and mother Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan, trying to pick up the pieces. Brian says Deborah burst out crying when police messaged him at around 4am Saturday about the arrest. The capture of Rivera brings "a little justice, a little peace," he tells the Boston Herald, but to "throw her off [at] the door of the hospital like a bag of trash, I'm still in awe about that. If they knew the kid was dead, they should have dialed 911—that's all. Have some compassion." Brian also says his family will confront the accused at his arraignment on Tuesday, right before attending Chloe's funeral. "That's going to be real tough," he adds. "My wife's still beside herself." (Read more about what happened to Chloe.)

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