DA: Habitual criminal charges for father held in tot death

Manuel Angel Rivera

A Clifton man jailed Wednesday in the Oxycodone overdose death of his infant daughter will be prosecuted as a habitual criminal, District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told a judge today.

Manuel Angel Rivera, 30, 3233 White Ave., unit 4, is facing a potential third felony conviction if convicted on charges in the March 6 death of his daughter, Analeisa Rivera, 18 months. Manuel Rivera was convicted of attempted escape in 2000 and escape in 2002, both in Denver County, according to Hautzinger and Colorado Bureau of Investigation records.

Rivera was ordered held on $500,000 bond at the Mesa County Jail.

If convicted on the habitual counts, the prison term for Rivera would be enhanced above the 48-year maximum penalty for child abuse recklessly causing death. Rivera is also charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance in connection with his daughter’s death.

An arrest warrant affidavit remains sealed.

Hautzinger told County Court Judge Gretchen Larson that Rivera has lived Clifton for a only few months. Citing the short time in the community and nature of his prior convictions, Hautzinger told the judge Rivera is a flight risk and asked bond to be set at $200,000. Larson pointed to statements attributed to Rivera in the sealed affidavit that he, “would flee to Mexico,” in setting bond higher than the DA’s request.

Analeisa Rivera died as a result of Oxycodone intoxication, and her manner of death was undetermined, authorities have said.

Rivera will be formally charged next Thursday.

Read the full story in Friday’s Daily Sentinel.






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