Youth Advocates Decry Trying Teen as Adult in Girl’s Death

1 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Slain girl’s mother invites supporters to howl at the moon.

The mother of an 8-year-old Santa Cruz girl who was murdered just days ago invited the community Friday to howl at the blue moon in honor of her daughter, who loved wolves.His mother, who has been raising him alone, is a home health care attendant, and she left the apartment building soon after Gonzalez was taken in custody, neighbors said; most of her family lives in the Philippines, several residents said. An event called “Howl for Maddy” was actually scheduled for Friday night at the Tannery Arts Center where the girl lived with her mother, Laura Jordan. When asked about details of the case, Rosell said, “In order to ensure a fair trial for him we’re under certain obligations and we can’t discuss specifics of the case”.

In one post on Sunday – the day Maddy disappeared – Gonzalez plays the music from the horror movie “Donnie Darko”, captioned with lyrics from the song: “The Dreams in which I’m Dying are the Best I’ve ever had”. Prosecutors charged Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, 15, with murder, kidnapping and sexual assault Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in the death of the 8-year-old girl in an artists complex in a California beach town. Police say Gonzalez lured Middleton from a courtyard where she had been riding her scooter over the weekend into his family’s apartment where he attacked and killed her. (Courtesy of Santa Cruz Police Department via AP) A neighbor, Adrian Gonzalez, 15, was charged as an adult in the child’s murder. Rosell declined to discuss if Gonzalez suffered from mental health problems. “Justice demands the charges that we filed, and we filed them appropriately”. Madyson had been missing since Sunday night, when a sole video camera near the arts center’s parking area showed a glimpse of her at 5:07 p.m., said Kirby Scudder, a resident and artist, who says he is dating her mother, an artist named Laura Jordan.

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