SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 15-year-old boy as an adult in the death of an 8-year-old girl in an artists complex in a California beach town.
Santa Cruz District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell said Wednesday the teen faces charges including murder and kidnapping.
Madyson Middleton went missing Sunday after playing in a courtyard at the complex where she lived with her mother.
Police say the teen lured her into his family’s apartment unit and killed her before dumping her body in a recycling bin.
Neighbors at the Tannery Arts Center where both the suspect and Madyson lived said they were stunned by the death.