OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The Oklahoma County Jail has a young guest today after police arrested a 13-year-old boy and charged him with the murder of his 9-month-old sister.
Court documents indicated that on August 16, the girl was treated at Children’s Hospital for a severe brain injury, a skull fracture and blood clots that were compressing her brain. The hospital staff did not believe the parent’s story of the baby having been involved in an accidental fall and contacted police.
Investigators would learn that the baby’s older brother, Crystian Rivera, would regularly babysit the girl while their parents worked. On this particular occasion, Rivera told police that his sister would not stop crying while he played video games. He told them he became angry when his character in the video game he was playing was killed, so he picked up the girl and shook her. He says he then went back to playing video games while his sister continued to cry and eventually fall asleep.
Rivera first was taken to juvenile detention on a child abuse complaint but was booked on a murder complaint after the baby died a few days later. So now instead of starting his first day of school surrounded by fellow classmates, he is in cell number one at the Oklahoma County jail, surrounded by 26 other juveniles accused of serious offenses.
Because of Oklahoma law, if a youthful offender study determines Rivera can be rehabilitated, he’ll get out when he’s 18 and half years old. If they find he cannot be rehabilitated, he could be sentenced to life in prison. Because of his young age, he cannot get the death penalty.
I’ve read some of the comments calling this boy a monster and evil, but I gotta disagree. I think the parents should share the bulk of the blame for this one. I get that they need to work and all that, but that’s a bit young to be taking care of a 9-month-old isn’t it? Not that the boy shouldn’t have to answer for what he has done, but I seriously doubt he meant to kill the girl.
I say this only because as a grown man-child, I have lost my cool numerous time after becoming… dissatisfied… with a video game for one reason or another. That’s not to say that I would ever chuck the nearest baby into a wall in a fit of frustration, but the same cannot be said for a variety of my game controllers and keyboards over the years.Tags: Crime, Crystian Rivera, Murder, Oklahoma, Shaken Baby, sister, Video game