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8-Year-Old Maddy Middleton Was Strangled, Stabbed in the Neck in Santa Cruz Killing

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Adrian Jerry Gonzalez made his first court appearance on July 30, 2015. (Credit: KRON)

Eight-year-old Madyson “Maddy” Middleton died from strangulation and stab wounds to the neck, authorities said.

Coroner’s officials determined the girl died of “positional asphyxiation,” or strangulation, and found stab wounds on her throat, said Lt. Kelly Kent of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department. Maddy’s death was ruled a homicide.

Madyson Middleton, 8, is seen in a photo provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department.

Madyson Middleton, 8, is seen in a photo provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department.

Maddy’s disappearance July 26 from the Santa Cruz arts apartment complex where she lived with her mother touched off a frantic search that culminated about a day later with the discovery of her body in a recycling bin on the grounds.

A neighbor, Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, 15, was arrested shortly afterward. He has been charged with one count of kidnapping and four sexual assault-related offenses.

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