Teen ‘lured’ 8-year-old girl into apartment before killing her, dumping body in trash

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – An 8-year-old California girl was lured into an apartment of a teenage boy she knew before he killed her there and hid her body in a recycling bin, police said Tuesday.

The body of Madyson Middleton, who was reported missing Sunday evening, was found Monday in a recycling bin at the Santa Cruz apartment complex where they both lived, Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin Vogel said.

The boy, a 15-year-old acquaintance of Madyson, was arrested on suspicion of murder, Vogel said.

She had last been seen riding a Razor scooter at the complex late Sunday afternoon, police said.

“She went there on her own volition as far as we can tell,” Vogel said. “I think she had a reasonable amount of trust in him. We don’t believe she was taken there against her will.”

Vogel declined to say how she was killed.

An autopsy has yet to be performed, [Vogel said.]

3 comments

    • not_yours

      Yes we hear of it more often, and without facts or any data I would imagine this happened in the same percentile 20 years ago relative to the population. We only hear about faster and more often as we are interconnected through the WWW. (Just a thought)

    • bob

      There are well over 300 million people in the country. Triple the number there were when I was born. It stands to reason that, all other things being equal, this will happen 3 times more frequently than it used to.

      Overall, violent crime, including murder, is WAY down in this country over the past 30 years. America has never been less violent, per capita.

      Keep things in perspective.

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