Children’s throats slit by mystery assailant

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, September 3, 2012 9:57 EDT
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Update (below): Police charge 31-year-old man with murder, attempted murder

Two children in Camden, New Jersey, a 6-year-old by and a 12-year-old girl, had their throats slit early Sunday by a mystery assailant who remains at large.

Police said 6-year-old Dominick Andujor died shortly after the brutal attack, which happened while the kids’ mother was in the hospital for surgery. Andujor’s 12-year-old sister, who has not been named, remains in critical condition after she escaped the house and got a neighbor to call for help.

It’s not yet clear why this individual attacked the sleeping children. Authorities told The New York Times that two other kids were in the house at the time, but they were unharmed.

Camden, with a population just over 77,000, has one of the worst crime rates of any U.S. city. Crime data site NeighborhoodScout.com ranked the city’s safety as a 3 out of a possible 100.

Update: Police charge 31-year-old man with murder, attempted murder

Prosecutors said that 31-year-old Camden man Osvaldo Rivera was arrested Monday morning and charged with murder and attempted murder in the attacks. His motive for the attacks is still unclear.

This video is from WPIX TV in New York, broadcast Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.


Photo: Shutterstock.com, all rights reserved.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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