Hospital and city video used in probe of girl's death 


LAWRENCE — Surveillance video from Lawrence General Hospital and new, city-maintained cameras is among evidence investigators are examining after a 13-year-old girl was brought dead to the emergency room on Monday evening, police said. 

Chloe Ricard, of Amesbury, a student at the Solstice Day School in Rowley, was identified by family members as the deceased girl. 

Police said a search warrant in the case has been executed by detectives at a Tower Hill address and a minivan police believe was driven by a man Ricard was with prior to her death has also been examined.

Ricard was brought to the emergency entrance of Lawrence General at 4:47 p.m. Monday. Staffers came outside and removed the girl from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead a short time later, police said. 

No arrests have been made in the case. An autopsy of Ricard's body was scheduled for Tuesday, however, a spokesperson for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett's office said those results would not be immediately released.

Recently installed, the city-maintained cameras have now proved useful in at least two criminal cases, police said. 

In mid-April, a city surveillance camera, viewed in combination with footage taken from a business system, helped Lawrence police identify and arrest a man who allegedly robbed an Essex Street bank branch. 

Noel Rodriguez, 33, of Lawrence, was subsquently arrested for jumping over a counter at an Eastern Bank branch and robbing a teller of an unspecified amount of cash. 

Detectives were able to pull surveillance video they say showed Rodriguez riding a bicycle into an alleyway just minutes before the heist. 

Police Chief Roy Vasque, a strong proponent of the city cameras, said two cameras are located in the neighborhoods near Lawrence General and capture people "coming to and from the hospital."

"It goes without saying. It's just another set of eyes for us to have and to use as a tool in any investigation we have," Vasque said of the city camera system. 

Vasque said such camera systems are extremely helpful "when there are no eyewitnesses." 

The camera system "has been huge for us," he said of city police. 

Vasque said he isn't aware of the particulars of the hospital's surveillance system in the emergency room "other than it's like every other hospital in the way it's monitored." 

While Ricard was a student in Rowley, she previously attended Amesbury schools.

Amesbury School Superintendent Jared Fulgoni remembered her as a "talented young artist" who "showed great empathy for others," in a statement released Wednesday. 

"We will miss her smile, her creativity and her huge heart," Fulgoni wrote. 

Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter @EagleTribJill. 




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