The stabbing of two sleeping children in Camden, New Jersey is shining a light on a terrifying new drug concoction. Like the bath salts scare of a few months ago, PCP-laced marijuana seems to be turning people violent. And so far, the victims have largely been the most innocent among us: kids, including 6-year-old Dominick Andujor who was stabbed to death in his own bed this weekend.
Little Dominick was sleeping in the same house as his older siblings ages 9, 12, and 14, when New Jersey cops say a man named Osvaldo Rivera, who they believe was high on a substance known as "wet" went into his bedroom and stabbed the child. The suspect, known in his neighborhood as Papi, also allegedly slit 12-year-old Amber Andujor's throat before taking off.
It seems Amber, fortunately, escaped the home and ran for a neighbor's house. Calls to 911 brought paramedics who brought her to a hospital where she's said to be recuperating. The other two Andujor kids are fine (the 14-year-old was reportedly in charge in the home because their mom is in the hospital herself, recuperating from surgery).
But it's the identity Rivera, the alleged knife-wielding murderer, and what cops think may have led to this outrageous act against kids, that's truly puzzling.
"Papi" is known in Camden as a guy who cuts local kids' hair, a preacher's son who neighbors said would never be considered a threat to kids.
Maybe not. But cops say Amber said Papi was responsible for hurting her.
What's more, they say they've seen the same PCP-laced marijuana admitted to smoking before the attacks show up all too recently in a Camden crime. Just a few weeks ago, they believe they linked "wet" to a mother who decapitated her 2-year-old before committing suicide herself.
Lacing weed with a more dangerous substance is nothing new. People have been getting bad pot for years. But it's hard not to look at the extreme violence exhibited by people who have taken allegedly used this particular mix and not be on high alert.
These people have turned violent against the most fragile members of our society. They've hurt innocent children, including sleeping kids who could not in any way, shape, or form have been accused of setting someone off. If a drug is to blame, we need to get it off the streets ... NOW.
Have you heard of "wet"? Does this new rash of crimes scare you?
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