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Man high on PCP convicted of deadly attack on sleeping kids

Published: July 13, 2014 4:00 AM

CAMDEN, N.J. -- A New Jersey man has been convicted of killing a 6-year-old boy who was trying to protect his sister from a sexual assault. Osvaldo Rivera, of Camden, was found guilty Friday of felony murder. He faces life in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 23.

Camden County authorities say the 33-year-old Rivera had smoked PCP and broke into the children's home in September 2012 while they were asleep and their mother was in the hospital. They say Rivera was trying to assault a 12-year-old girl when her little brother intervened. Authorities say Rivera slashed the children's throats. The girl ran to a neighbor's house for help.

Two other girls, ages 9 and 14, were inside the home but weren't injured.

Police said Rivera had been smoking "wet," or marijuana laced with PCP.


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