Coroner: California Girl Died of Asphyxiation, Stab Wounds

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A 15-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the suspected death of an 8-year-old Madyson Middleton Monday, July 27, 2015, after a body believed to be hers was found in a dumpster in the coastal California city of Santa Cruz, police said. Santa Cruz Police released this photo of Madyson in an attempt to generate leads in her case.

SANTA CRUZ (AP)–

Sheriff’s officials say an 8-year-old Northern California girl who they say was sexually assaulted and killed by a teenage neighbor died of asphyxiation and stab wounds to the neck.

Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Lt. Kelly Kent revealed the results Thursday of an autopsy of Madyson Middleton.

Fifteen-year-old Adrian Jerry Gonzalez is charged with raping and killing Madyson and hiding her body in a bin. Both children lived at the Tannery Arts Complex with their mothers and were acquaintances.

The death and arrest have shocked the close-knit artists’ community.

Police say the teen lured Madyson into his family’s apartment. Once inside, he tied her up, then sexually assaulted and killed her, according to a charging document.

Gonzalez is being prosecuted as an adult. He faces life in prison if convicted.