6-year-old Dominick Andujo was killed after trying to save his older sister Amber, 12 who was getting sexually assaulted in their home.
The intruder, Osvaldo Rivera was charged in the attack and was reportedly high on “wet”, a PCP-laced marijuana when the attacks occurred.
Both children were sleeping downstairs when Rivera broke in their home and started raping the 12-year-old girl. When Dominick intervened to save his sister, Rivera slit his throat, and Amber was able to run and call for help.
The girl aided police in tracking the suspect by identifying him as “Popeye” which is Rivera’s nickname. Police later found him hiding in his apartment between a mattress and the wall. They also found his bloodied shoes which match the footprints found on the scene.
This is the second attack in Camden in less than a month related to PCP. On August 22, another resident decapitated her 2-year-old son, called 911 to admit to her crime, and then killed herself.
Officials will be testing PCP on the streets for any violence-inducing additives.
The children were being watched over by a 14-year-old girl who was unharmed. The teen was caring for them as their mother was hospitalized after a recent surgery. Amber whose windpipes were slashed is now in stable condition.
Rivera is currently charged with murder and attempted murder, among others. His bail is set for $5 million.