Teen Lured Maddy Middleton With Ice Cream: Report

More details emerge about suspect AJ Gonzalez after 8-year-old's murder
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2015 6:33 AM CDT
Updated Jul 30, 2015 8:00 AM CDT
Toys, flowers, and candles are left at a memorial for Madyson Middleton at the Tannery Arts Center Tuesday in Santa Cruz, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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(Newser) – A source said to be close to the investigation into the death of 8-year-old Madyson "Maddy" Middleton tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the 15-year-old accused of raping and killing her lured her into his family's Santa Cruz, Calif., apartment with ice cream, then jumped her. Surveillance video shows Adrian Jerry "AJ" Gonzalez placing Maddy's body in a garbage bin at the Tannery Arts Center complex where they lived, then coming back twice during the search, the source says, adding that Maddy's mother reported the girl missing five minutes after her body was discarded. A resident who was helping look for Maddy says Gonzalez was pestering him for details during the search to the point where he told the teen, "Dude, you're the only one asking me," the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Meanwhile, more details are emerging about Gonzalez, who's scheduled to be arraigned this morning. The teen is an avid yo-yoer and had a now-deleted Instagram account at @awkwardyoyoer. One darker post apparently made on the day Maddy's body was discovered shows a clip of hands playing the piano to Gary Jules' "Mad World," with a caption that showed the song's line "The Dreams in which I'm Dying are the Best I've ever had." However, the founder of the National Coalition for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation notes, "If we weren't looking through that lens [of knowing about these horrible acts], would it say anything? That age is full of angst," per the Mercury News. Despite being charged as an adult, Gonzalez won't face the death penalty if convicted—the Supreme Court banned executions for minors in 2005, per the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Instead, he faces life in prison if found guilty.

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