A 47-year-old man has been charged in the case of the Massachusetts teenager who ran away from home was dropped off at hospital the next day where she later died.
Carlos Rivera was arrested Saturday morning and Lawrence Police said he gave drugs to Chloe Ricard, 13, who was pronounced dead in the emergency room of Lawrence General Hospital on Monday night soon after the man left her with medical staff saying the teenager needed help.
Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a statement Rivera was accompanied by an unidentified girl under the age of 16 when Ricard was dumped at the ER, about 30 miles north of Boston, around 4.47pm.
Investigators learned both minors were at Rivera’s 59 Bellevue Street apartment Sunday evening and most of Monday. It’s unclear how he knows them but a source claimed he knew them before Sunday.
Chloe’s family said they last saw her on Sunday afternoon when she was dropped at a friend’s house. They reported her missing the following day when child services contacted her to report they thought she might be trying to run away. Images from her social media are shown
The cause of the Amesbury girl’s death is still not clear.
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 years old, and one count of the same charge for a person over 14, according to the statement.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
‘We will continue our diligent pursuit of justice for this victim,’ Blodgett said in the statement. ‘I want to commend the entire investigative team who worked around the clock to determine the events leading of the tragic death of a 13-year old girl. We will continue our diligent pursuit of justice for this victim.’
One of Chloe’s last posts on the photo-sharing website Instagram was a troubling musing about death. It reads: ‘I dont wanna live long at all.
‘Y’all dumb tryna clown me and bring me down for being what I am… I live my life everyday like its the last and that’s me.
‘I’ll never change and one day i will not wake up and that’s my goal. Stop worrying about my health.’
Chloe’s Instagram page has since been closed and police are investigating the mysterious death that her family say happened one day after she ran away from home.
Chloe Ricard, 13, died in the emergency room of Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts on Monday afternoon after being dropped off by Carlos Rivera, police say
Stepfather Brian Dolan told Boston 25 News: ‘No pulse, no nothing, they just drove in and dropped her off.
‘She didn’t even have a pulse when they pushed her out of the car. The only thing I was told earlier from another agency is… someone 47 years old dropped her off.
‘Whoever did this to my little stepdaughter, trust me, I hope there’s hell to pay because they threw her out of the car like a bag of trash.
‘If that was your kid, if that was your sister, if that was your brother, or your mother, or your father, what would you do? I’m beside myself.’
Authorities say the teenager, who was in the eighth grade at Solstice Day School, went into cardiac arrest.
The man who drove her to the hospital left soon after notifying staff of the girl’s condition but was later tracked down by police via surveillance video.
Police have not revealed any information about the man – including whether or not Chloe knew him – but said no charges have been filed as part of their investigation.
Chloe’s family, who said she had suffered problems following her father’s death five years ago, are demanding answers into her death.
The family indicated that she was in the ‘wrong place with the wrong people’.
Her mother Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan said they last saw Chloe when she was dropped off at a friend’s house on Sunday afternoon.
Her mother Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan and stepfather Brian Dolan, who said she had suffered some problems following her father’s death five years ago, are demanding answers
The man who drove her to the hospital left soon after notifying staff of the girl’s condition but was later tracked down by police via surveillance video
They said she would often seek comfort from her friends when she was feeling sad or angry.
Unconfirmed reports suggested Chloe ran away that night, and after she didn’t return home her mother contacted her daughter’s friends, who assured her she was okay and was with a friend.
She said the Department of Children and Families then contacted her during the day to report there were ‘red flags’ that Chloe was possibly looking to run away out of state.
Her mother reported Chloe missing at the local police station. While she was there, Goldsmith-Dolan said she received a text from her daughter’s friend saying Chloe was in the hospital.
‘Who can do that? Who can take and just dump her? It’s just the most horrific act,’ Goldsmith-Dolan told
Chloe’s stepfather also described the teenager’s death as ‘so complicated’.
‘Chloe was a great kid. She was pretty smart. She was bright. She was beautiful,’ he said.
‘Just the wrong place with the wrong people.
‘I’ve been trying to piece it together, like trying to get a hold of her friends to see if I can find out what’s going on and no one is saying nothing to me.’
An autopsy was carried out on Chloe on Tuesday but the medical examiner’s ruling on her cause of death is not expected to be released for some time
An autopsy was carried out on Tuesday but the medical examiner’s ruling on her cause of death is not expected to be released for some time.
The family have set up a
The page reads: ‘She was a beautiful soul inside and out and was very kind to others, especially to those less fortunate.
‘Chloe had a passion for drawing, loved to listen to music, enjoyed dancing, singing, beach time and spending time with her family & friends.
‘She loved her family so incredibly much, especially her mother Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan whom she was often seen riding the school bus on her mother’s route before school just to be able to spend more time with her.
‘She was also constantly spoiled by her 2 brothers Kyle and Nicholas Ricard, and step-father Brian Dolan.
‘She missed her dad Raymond Ricard immensely after his passing 5 years ago. They also held a very special relationship.’