A 47-year-old Massachusetts man was arraigned on May 28 in connection with the death of 13-year-old Chloe Ricard. On Monday, May 20, at 4:47 p.m., Carlos Rivera and an unidentified girl dropped off the Amesbury, Massachusetts teen at Lawrence General Hospital and fled. Chloe Ricard was in critical condition upon arrival and pronounced dead shortly after.
According to NECN, the Essex County District Attorney’s Office stated that Rivera gave Ricard and another girl cocaine and sexually assaulted them. The prosecutors also revealed Rivera had previously indecently assaulted a 16-year-old girl.
“Everyone involved has worked tirelessly with the same goal, to get answers in the tragic death of this 13-year-old girl. The arrest of Mr. Rivera is obviously a huge step in that direction,” Lawrence Chief of Police Roy Vasque said in a May 25 press release.
Here’s what you need to know about Carlos Rivera and the tragic death of Chloe Ricard.
1. Chloe Ricard Was Last Seen by Her Family on May 19
Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan said she drove her daughter to a friend’s house in Amesbury on the afternoon of Sunday, May 19. Goldsmith-Dolan and her husband, Brian Dolan, became concerned when they discovered Chloe had not shown up for school the following day. By Monday afternoon there had been no word from Chloe, who did not have a cell phone.
Goldsmith-Dolan began texting her daughter’s friends after learning that she had posted on Snapchat that she wanted to run away. When the teen’s friends responded that she was with a friend in Haverhill, about 10 miles away from her home in Amesbury, Goldsmith-Dolan filed a missing person’s report at approximately 4 p.m. The New York Post reported that she received a text message from a friend of Chloe’s saying the teen was at the hospital but that she was safe. Shortly after that call, Goldsmith-Dolan learned her daughter had died.
Family members and friends say the eighth-grader struggled at home and at school and that she’d never been able to overcome her grief after the death of her father five years earlier.
“Kids today they think they’re invincible. You say, ‘Don’t smoke.’ They’re going to do it. ‘Don’t drink.’ They’re going to do it,” Dolan said. According to the Daily Mail, Chloe had said in a now-deleted Instagram post “I’ll never change and one day I will not wake up and that’s my goal. Stop worrying about my health.”
2. Chloe Was Actually With a Friend at Rivera’s Apartment
While Chloe’s mother had assumed her daughter was at her friend’s house, police have determined that the teen and a friend were actually with Rivera on Sunday night and Monday, staying at his first-floor apartment at 59 Bellevue Street in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The three knew each other previously however how they were acquainted has not been divulged.
Chloe’s mother and stepfather said they had never heard of Carlos Rivera until his arrest. Chloe lived in Amesbury, approximately 18 miles away from Rivera’s home in Lawrence. Neighbors told WCVB that Rivera lived alone.
Chloe’s stepfather Brian Dolan responded affirmatively when asked by WCVB if he thought Rivera was responsible for his stepdaughter’s death. “Oh yes, yes. You can’t buy a child drugs,” he said.
3. Chloe’s Stepfather Said She was Dumped at the Hospital “Like a Bag of Trash”
Rivera and a girl under the age of 16 left Chloe at the hospital and took off, however the Boston Globe reported there are differing accounts regarding what transpired at the hospital. Goldsmith-Dolan was told by some witnesses that attempts were made to revive Chloe in the car, while others claim the young girl was thrown out of the vehicle. Chloe’s stepfather said that a doctor told him his stepdaughter arrived at the hospital without a pulse.
Dolan is shocked at the way his stepdaughter was treated by both Rivera and Chloe’s friend. “To throw her off, (at) the door of the hospital like a bag of trash. I’m still in awe of that,” he said.
Goldsmith-Dolan expressed her rage toward Rivera in an interview with WBZ CBS4. “You ruined my life,” she said. “If (Chloe) was sick, all you had to do was call an ambulance. Do something to try to save her.”
Family members have set up a GoFundMe page for Chloe Ricard to help defray expenses.
4. Rivera is Facing Multiple Felony Charges
Police reviewed surveillance footage and were able to confirm Rivera was the adult male who dropped Chloe off at the hospital. He faces multiple felony charges including two counts of “providing Class B drugs to a minor.” Class B drugs defined by Massachusetts law include cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, and oxycontin. At his arraignment, it was revealed that Rivera had given Ricard cocaine and sexually assaulted her twice.
Rivera was also charged with two counts of indecent assault on a child younger than 14 and one count of indecent assault on a child older than 14. Individuals convicted of this charge serve jail time and must register as a sex offender and provide a DNA sample that is placed in the state’s DNA database.
Bail was originally set at $750,000 but has been revoked. The teen who was with Chloe was not been charged.
5. Ricard’s Stepfather Said the Arrest Meant “There’s a Little Justice Coming”
Chloe’s stepfather Brian Dolan said he received a message from a police officer around 4 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, right after Rivera was taken into custody. Dolan told the Boston Herald that Rivera’s arrest had brought their family, “a little justice, a little peace.”
“I was happy. I know there’s a little justice coming, but I hope there’s more,” he said. Dolan shared that Chloe’s funeral and Rivera’s arraignment are both set for Tuesday. “That’s going to be a real tough day,” he said.
An autopsy was performed on Tuesday, May 21. No information regarding Ricard’s cause of death has been released. The district attorney’s office stated it may take time for the chief medical examiner to make a ruling on the teen’s cause of death.