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Yesterday we reported the tragic story of the stabbings of six-year-old Dominick Andujor and his 12-year-old sister that left Adjuro dead and his sister critically wounded in Camden, N.J . Police captured 31-year-old Osvaldo Rivera, who was high on PCP-laced marijuana, and charged him with murder and attempted murder on Monday, said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor’s office. The attack was the second recent one in Camden, an impoverished city across the river from Philadelphia, involving a child and a suspect said to be high on PCP and marijuana.
Rivera was being held in jail awaiting arraignment, which Laughlin said will likely be held Tuesday. Laughlin isn’t sure if Rivera has an attorney. Police found blood-stained sneakers inside the apartment where Rivera was arrested that matched b****y footprints in the home where the attack occurred, Laughlin said. The boy’s 12-year-old sister remained hospitalized Monday at a local hospital in Camden. The hospital has declined to discuss her condition, citing privacy reasons.
During his interrogation by investigators, Rivera said he had smoked a combination of marijuana and the hallucinogenic drug PCP before the attack, Laughlin said. The children stabbed Sunday were being watched by their 14-year-old sister, authorities said. The unharmed teen was caring for them as their mother recovered from surgery in a local hospital. Laughlin said the 12-year-old fled the home after the attack and was found at a neighbor’s home a few doors down. Police soon went to the girl’s home and were met by another child who ran outside, screaming for help for her brother. The 6-year-old boy was found lying on the floor.
While Rivera was still being sought on Sunday, a woman who lives nearby said he was well-known around the neighborhood and seemed to be a peaceful person. He also was often seen playing with the local children. ”People would never think he would do something like this,” Nakyta McCray said.
On Aug. 22, 33-year-old Chevonne Thomas of Camden allegedly decapitated her 2-year-old toddler and then fatally stabbed herself after smoking a similar combination, known as “wet.” Laughlin said there have been several other murders in recent years in which PCP-laced marijuana has apparently played a role. The drug combination makes people incoherent, hallucinatory and, in some cases, violent. Laughlin said that authorities plan to take steps to curb the drug’s market.