A little boy is being called a hero after he risked and lost his life trying to protect his sister from an intruder.
On Sunday, high on a drug combination called “wet” – a mix of PCP and marijuana – Osvaldo Rivera, 31, broke into the Camden, New Jersey home where a 6-year-old boy and his sister were sleeping.
The children were being watched by a 14-year-old babysitter while their mother was in the hospital recovering from a recent surgery.
According to reports, the 6-year-old boy’s throat was slashed when he tried to protect his 12-year-old sister from Rivera. The girl told police Rivera also raped her.
Though it has been released, HS-News has chosen not to share the name of the young boy in order to protect the identity of the girl, who is considered a sexual assault victim.
The girl, whose throat was also slashed, was able to help police identify Rivera and after discovering someone fitting the description recently spent a few nights at a nearby apartment, officers went looking for him.
Rivera was found hiding between a mattress and a wall in one of the nearby apartment’s bedrooms. Prints from his blood-stained shoes were matched with those found at the children’s home.
During his interrogation, Rivera reportedly asked, “How bad did I hurt them.?
He has been charged with murder and attempted murder and likely faces additional charges. His bail was set $5 million.
The girl’s windpipe was slashed in the attack, but she is said to be recovering, her condition upgraded to stable. She was able to run from the home when her brother intervened and ran for help.
Though “wet” is known to cause hallucinations and “non-specific aggressive behavior”, doctors say extreme violence is rare, and the aggressive behavior is mostly in the form of “vocal aggression”.
Dr. Al Sacchetti, chief of emergency services at our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, told the Huffington Post cases like this are unusual as “usually people hallucinate, but they’re not that focused. You have to be very focused to…find someone and slit their throat.”