LAWRENCE — Police early Saturday morning arrested a Lawrence man in connection with the death of Chloe Ricard, 13, at the Lawrence General Hospital emergency room earlier this week.
Carlos Rivera, 47, of 59 Bellevue St., 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, according to a statement released by Carrie Kimball, spokesperson for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
He was arrested at the Lawrence Police station after being questioned by investigators. He was held on $750,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday in Lawrence District Court, according to Kimball.
“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,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in the statement. “We will continue our diligent pursuit of justice for this victim.”
Investigators determined that Rivera brought Ricard, of Amesbury, to Lawrence General on Monday, May 20 at approximately 4:47 pm. He was accompanied by another female under the age of 16.
Investigators learned that Ricard and the other female under the age of 16 were at Rivera’s Lawrence apartment at 59 Bellevue St. on the evening of May 19 and during most of the next day, according to the statement.
This matter remains under investigation by Lawrence police and state police assigned to Blodgett's office.
An autopsy was scheduled on Ricard's body for earlier this week. The chief medical examiner in Boston has not yet ruled on the cause and manner of the death of the girl, Kimball said.