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

He said his character in the game was killed, and he became angry and picked her up and shook her.

He said he went back to playing video games, and she continued to cry and eventually fell asleep, court records show.

Police went to the hospital to investigate suspected child abuse shortly after 10 p.m. Aug. 17. Medical staff told officers the girl had a severe brain injury, a skull fracture and blood clots that were compressing her brain.

The mother told police the infant fell off her bed. She also said the baby had fallen from the passenger seat of their vehicle to the floorboard a few days before, but she was not present either time.

Medical officials said the baby's injuries weren't consistent with an accidental fall. The parents said the baby was left with their son for more than six hours while they were at work.

Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said Crystian Rivera first was taken to juvenile detention at the Berry House on a child abuse complaint but was booked on a murder complaint after the baby died.

Graveside services for Linda Beletzuy are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma City.


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