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Boy arrested in California missing-girl case after body found in dumpster

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(CNN)A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the suspected death of an 8-year-old girl after a body was found in a dumpster in the coastal California city of Santa Cruz, police said.

A body believed to be that of Madyson Middleton was found Monday in a dumpster on the grounds of the apartment complex where she lived, a day after she was reported missing, Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin Vogel said Monday night.



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This is so horrible. RIP Madyson.

Santa Cruz teen charged as adult in brutal homicide of 8-year-old

 Adrian Jerry “A.J.” Gonzalez, a 15-year-old boy from Santa Cruz, has been charged as an adult for the killing, sexual assault and kidnapping of 8-year-old Madyson Jordan Middleton.

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell said the severity of the case, in which Maddy, according to the charging document was tied up, beaten, strangled, raped, killed and dumped in a garage recycling bin, merited a charge in superior court rather than juvenile court.

“We’re confident in the charges we filed and that’s what justice demands,” Rosell said, crediting law enforcement for the quick resolution of the case.

Rosell said, “I can’t remember any 15-year-old with these specific charges,” which include six felonies including murder, forcible rape with great bodily injury and kidnapping by lying in wait.

“People do things for lots of reasons. Sometimes we understand them. Sometimes we don’t,” Rosell said.

“We are going to bring him to justice and at this point there is no plea deal on anything,” Rosell said.


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