Killing of 8-year-old girl by teenage neighbor stuns Northern California’s …

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California teen accused of killing 8-year-old.

SANTA CRUZ — A close-knit community of artists in Northern California grieved the death of an 8-year-old girl whose body was found in a trash bin at their housing complex and expressed shock that one of their own — a teenage boy — has been arrested in her death. MADYSON Middleton was riding her new white-coloured Razor scooter in the courtyard of an art and housing project, where 100 apartments are situated for artists and their families.Friends and family members scoured the artist community where she was last seen Sunday afternoon local time when she vanished while pushing her brand-new scooter in a purple dress and black bicycle helmet.

Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said the 15-year-old boy lured Madyson Middleton into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the Tannery Arts Center where they lived. Vogel told reporters Tuesday that Madyson Middleton went willingly into the teenager’s apartment and was probably dead even before she was reported missing Sunday evening. Federal and local law enforcement searched the area surrounding the complex Sunday night and throughout Monday before finding the girl’s body that night. The teen, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, was nearby when the body was discovered, and officers found evidence in the apartment that links him to the slaying, the police chief said.

Local news stations aired footage of the boy’s mother wailing as her son was taken into custody for questioning Monday night, but blurred out the minor suspect’s image. What is already clear, however, is that her community, which banded together to search for Maddy, is showing strain and assigning blame now that her body has been found. “As heinous as this was, we felt like a cohesive community” at first, Cartabiano told The Post.

The suspect and his alleged victim knew each other, he said. “We lost not one kid, but two kids over the weekend, and both parents are in an absolute state of shock,” said Scudder, who described the suspect as admired, well-liked and well-rounded. Visitors stopped at a walkway memorial to pay respects with candles, bouquets of flowers and stuffed animals. “My staff was so hopeful we were going to find her alive. The agency provided US$1.9 million, with the vast majority of the project coming from state or federal housing grants and Artspace, the Seattle non-profit that built the project. Police detained the teen, and members of his family including his mother, who had a confrontation with police, Clark said. “Based on what we know at this point, there do appear to be charges that can be filed as an adult,” said District Attorney Jeff Rosell, who is expected to lay charges within days.

Developers billed the TAC as a “first-in-the-nation art community that provides a sustainable, accessible and vibrant home for the arts in Santa Cruz County.” Privately, however, Tannery residents complained that the city wasn’t doing enough to protect the arts campus, which sat in a questionable neighbourhood. “It’s a lot of hard work,” said Cartabiano. “We’re a place of transformation. Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane said in a statement that “thousands of members of this community are joining with Madyson’s loved ones in grieving this loss.” Santa Cruz, famous for its boardwalk and the fact that is surrounded on three sides by forests and one side by ocean, is known for its relaxed ambience and its beaches including fabulous surf.

It’s getting better bit by bit, but it’s still there.” And so it was that when Maddy Middleton went missing Sunday, the search quickly escalated from the Tannery to the surrounding neighbourhood and then to all of Santa Cruz. “Are we still going to allow all the drifters and fugitives to sleep and live long term here?” asked one man in the comments section of an article about Maddy’s disappearance. “Are we going to continue to allow them to camp by the river, in view of the Tannery, further jeopardising public safety? I pray they find here before any more harm is done.” Maddy’s parents spent all Sunday night looking for their daughter and frantically speaking to investigators. The search soon expanded to the San Lorenzo River and up and down the coast. “We actually had people look in this area so I don’t know” how we missed her, said Cartabiano, who, like her neighbours, had assisted in the search. “I don’t want to get too graphic but I imagine that she was really hidden.” “We love this guy. All of us, if you ask us what you think of him, we’d tell you he’s an outstanding kid,” she said. “He was always in there to help with environmental clean up.

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