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Sheriff: Man Accused of Drugging, Raping 11-Year-Old Girl Attacked by Fellow Inmates

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    Arrest Made in 11-Year-Old Girl's Mysterious Death

    Miguel Rivera, 58, of Lawrence, was arrested Friday night and is facing charges in connection with the death of 11-year-old Precious Wallaces.

    (Published Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019)

    A Massachusetts man charged in connection with the death of his 11-year-old great-niece, whom investigators say was drugged and raped, was beaten by inmates hours after he faced a judge, officials confirm.

    Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger tells The Boston Herald that Miguel Rivera was attacked by an inmate Tuesday night in the Essex County jail in Middleton, and that other inmates joined the melee. The Boston Herald was the first to report the incident.

    Rivera is now in solitary confinement as authorities investigate the assault, which involved four inmates. Rivera's injuries were described as "some bumps, bruises and a small cut" by Coppinger in a statement.

    The reported attack came hours after he was arraigned on the charge of rape of a child with force on Tuesday, and a week after he was charged with permitting substantial bodily injury to a child and misleading a police investigation. Rivera is being held without bail.

    Death of 11-Year-Old From Haverhill Under Investigation

    [NECN] Death of 11-Year-Old From Haverhill Under Investigation

    An 11-year-old girl died Tuesday after being on life support following a medical call to a Lawrence rooming house over the weekend.

    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018)

    Prosecutors allege that the 58-year-old Lawrence man drugged and raped his great-niece, Precious Wallaces of Haverhill, in December.

    First responders went to a Jackson Street residence on Dec. 15 for a call requesting medical assistance, where they found Wallaces unresponsive and took her to Lawrence General Hospital. She was then taken to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where she died a few days later.

    Police say Wallaces had fentanyl in her system, and that her great-uncle waited 13 minutes before calling 911 as he flushed drugs down a toilet.

    Authorities say a cause and manner of death has not been ruled yet in Wallaces' death, and that Rivera may face more charges.

    Rivera's next court date is March 13.

    The investigation into Wallaces' death is ongoing.

    Cokie Roberts Dies at 75

    [NATL] Cokie Roberts Dies at 75

    Longtime political journalist Cokie Roberts has died at the age of 75.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019)

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