Witnesses last saw the 4-foot-tall, 48-pound girl at 5 p.m. Sunday while she was riding a white Razor scooter with her long hair pulled to the side in a braid, police said. The doll, which had wings, wore a purple dress, just like Maddy had been wearing, and had the words “I can fly home” printed on it. This afternoon Santa Cruz DA Jeffrey Rosell announced at a press conference that the sole suspect in the case, 15-year-old Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, will be charged as an adult with her murder, with the special circumstances of sexual assault, kidnapping and lying in wait, and he could face life in prison without parole.
Last Sunday night, Madyson’s mother reported that she was missing.
According to Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel, evidence shows the 15-year-old lured Middleton into his apartment Sunday evening and killed her.
The victim, Madyson “Maddy” Middleton, and the suspect were acquainted because they both lived in the Tannery Arts Center apartment complex, according to the police chief.
Authorities also say they don’t have a clear motive in the killing.
Maddy and Gonzalez lived at The Tannery Arts Centre, a non-profit public facility with around 100 affordable loft units with about 250 residents, 50 of whom are children.
(AP Photo/Ben Margot). A Santa Cruz police mobile crime lab parks at the entrance of a garage on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, after police found a body inside a trash bin on Monday in Santa Cruz, Calif. The search for Madyson Middleton, a missing 8-year-ol… The massive manhunt drew volunteers from among the dozens of printmakers, ceramicists and other artists who live in the housing complex.
A body discovered inside a dumpster in an intricate in Upper California is considered to be that of a-year-old gal who gone lacking Weekend morning, authorities said late Wednesday. “But you also share the sorrows”.
“You hope for the best, but prepare for the worst”, he said. Residents said the teen’s mother screamed in agony when her son was being taken.
“It wasn’t somebody from the outside”, Nelson said. “It was someone we all knew and liked”.
But some residents said what happened won’t keep them from allowing their kids to play freely.
She had a little, black dog named “Lucy” and tearful children at the Tannery Wednesday placed pictures and notes on a growing memorial overflowing with bouquets, stuffed animals, balloons and candles.
“Dude, you’re the only one asking me”, Garcia eventually told Gonzalez, according to the Mercury News.