Santa Cruz girl allegedly killed by Fil-Am teen died of asphyxiation, stabbing

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Officials in Santa Cruz, Calif. revealed on Thursday the cause of death of the 8-year-old girl allegedly killed by her Fil-Am teen neighbor.

Madyson Middleton, they said, died of asphyxiation and stab wounds to the neck. The coroner had ruled the girl’s death a homicide.

The suspect in Middleton’s death is 15-year-old Filipino Adrian Jerry Gonzalez.

Middleton went missing on July 26. Her body was found the next day.

Gonzalez was charged as an adult with lying in wait before kidnapping, raping and killing Middleton.

He appeared in court last month but did not enter a plea.

He’s due back in court on Sept. 21.

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