SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – A 15-year-old boy has been charged as an adult with murder in the death of 8-year-old Madyson “Maddy” Middleton in Santa Cruz, the district attorney said Wednesday.
Adrian Jerry Gonzalez of Santa Cruz faces one count of murder with the special circumstance that he kidnapped and sexually assaulted Maddy, Santa Cruz County Dist. Atty. Jeffrey Rosell said Wednesday. He is also accused of lying in wait.
Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin Vogel said the boy lured Maddy to his family’s apartment, where they were alone, and killed her. The boy then carried Maddy downstairs to a garage and hid her body in a recycling bin, he said.
Police believe Maddy was killed before they started searching for her Sunday evening.
Maddy was last seen about 5:05 p.m. Sunday on surveillance video that captured her riding her scooter in the sprawling Tannery Arts Center on River Street. She and the boy both lived at the center, a mixed-used creative space providing affordable housing to artists.