Homicide

Prosecutors charge California teen as adult in death of 8-year-old girl in artist complex

  • Neighbors look at the growing memorial of flowers, stuffed animals and notes left in memory of Madyson Middleton in Santa Cruz, Calif., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The close-knit community of artists in Northern California are grieving the death of the 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. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

    Neighbors look at the growing memorial of flowers, stuffed animals and notes left in memory of Madyson Middleton in Santa Cruz, Calif., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The close-knit community of artists in Northern California are grieving the death of the 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. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE This undated photo provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department shows   Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, from Santa Cruz, Calif.  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)

    FILE This undated photo provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department shows Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, from Santa Cruz, Calif. 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • Santa Cruz District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell, right, holds a news where he announced that 15-year-old Adrian Jerry Gonzalez will be charged as an adult in the murder of 8-year-old Madyson Middleton in Santa Cruz, Calif., Wednesday, July 29, 2015.  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. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

    Santa Cruz District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell, right, holds a news where he announced that 15-year-old Adrian Jerry Gonzalez will be charged as an adult in the murder of 8-year-old Madyson Middleton in Santa Cruz, Calif., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. 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. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)  (The Associated Press)

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.

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