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Police: Man Accused of Stabbing Two Sleeping Kids Was High on PCP

Osvaldo Rivera, 31. Police photo.

A New Jersey man has been charged with murder and attempted murder after police say he stabbed two sleeping children in a Camden apartment Sunday night. According to the Camden County prosecutor’s office, Osvaldo Rivera, 31, attackedĀ Dominick Andujor, 6, and his 12-year-old sister. Andujor died and his sister, who remains unnamed, was hospitalized with a slit throat. During the attack, she managed to escape to a neighbor’s house and call help.

Rivera was allegedly found hiding behind a mattress in the apartment where the children were being watched by a 14-year-old babysitter while their mother recovered from surgery in the hospital. After he was arrested, Rivera allegedly told police that he’d smoked some PCP-laced marijuana.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, PCP “causes a user to feel detached, distant and estranged from his surroundings. Auditory hallucinations and severe mood disorders can occur. In some users, acute anxiety, paranoia and hostility, as well as psychosis can occur.”

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