Oklahoma City teenager accused in death of his baby sister held without bail

Crystian Rivera, 13, was arrested on a murder complaint in connection with the death of his sister who died of a head injury Friday. Rivera told police he shook his sister after her cries distracted him from playing a video game.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com Published: August 24, 2011
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The parents of a 13-year-old boy accused of killing his baby sister because her cries were distracting him from a video game were excited about having their first girl, an employee at the apartment complex said Tuesday.

Linda Beletzuy was born Oct. 24 and was nearly 10 months old when she died Friday from a head injury.

Her brother, Crystian Rivera, was arrested on a murder complaint in the death and is in the Oklahoma County jail without bail.

The baby's parents, Carlos and Linda Beletzuy, moved out of the apartment complex Tuesday morning, the manager said. He said they were a quiet family, and he was shocked to hear about the baby's death.

Carlos Beletzuy declined to comment when reached Tuesday by telephone.

The apartment complex employee said she remembered the mother taking the baby to the office along with her younger son.

They seemed so happy about the baby girl, she said.

The apartment complex employees asked that their names not be used.

Crystian Rivera was a seventh-grader last year at Mayfield Middle School, said Steve Lindley, Putnam City Schools spokesman.

Crystian Rivera told police his sister started to cry while he was playing video games at their apartment at 1609 N MacArthur Blvd.


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