SANTA CRUZ — The 15-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting and strangling 8-year-old Madyson “Maddy” Middleton in his family’s Santa Cruz apartment — after allegedly luring her there with promises of ice cream — was charged Wednesday as an adult with special-circumstances murder.So how does a 15yo kid get that damaged? His Filipino mom came here on a short-term violent marriage. His Mexican dad was never married to the mom, or present in the boy's life. They depended on welfare, food stamps, a homeless shelter, low income housing, and a sexual harassment settlement from a dollar store. The local paper reports:
Adrian Jerry Gonzalez is scheduled to appear Thursday in Santa Cruz County Superior Court in the girl’s killing Sunday. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.
Prosecutors have charged Gonzalez with murder and the special circumstances of lying in wait, murder in the course of forcible rape, kidnapping and lewd or lascivious acts with a child, along with separate charges of sexual penetration by a foreign object, two counts of forcible lewd act with a child and forcible rape of a child. ...
Rosell also would not say whether Gonzalez had any criminal history. ...
Madyson was sexually assaulted, strangled and also suffered trauma to the head, the source said.
As for a motive, the boy told police that he had been considering suicide and that he had wanted to see how people would react by killing the girl, the source said.
People close to the Gonzalez family, including a civil attorney who represented Gonzalez' mother, Reje "Reggie" Dimailig Factor, for years, described an upbringing shattered by divorce and a frequent lack of money, employment and housing.No indication of whether the dad was a legal resident or what happened to him.
"She's had a difficult life," said Linda Jovich, a former Scotts Valley attorney who represented Factor in a recent civil case.
When Factor was in her 20s, she met a man from Santa Cruz or Santa Clara county while living in her native Philippines, Jovich said. He brought her to Live Oak, but they broke up in 1994 because she caught him cheating, said Jovich. Factor fought her rival and was convicted of misdemeanor fighting in a public place, according to Santa Cruz County court records.
"It was tough for her. She didn't beat the heck out of her or anything and it wasn't that serious of a charge. But at the deposition she didn't remember it very well. She didn't remember that she was taken to jail," said Jovich.
Factor, whose first language is Tagalog, often struggled to find work, Jovich said. Factor met Abraham Lomeli Gonzalez, who was born in Mexico, and together they had A.J. in October 1999. Abraham Gonzalez often wasn't involved in A.J.'s life, according to Jovich and A.J.'s friends.
A.J. was born at Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center in Santa Cruz as Adrian Jere Gonzalez, according to his birth certificate obtained by the Sentinel. Court documents in his murder case list A.J.'s middle name as "Jerry." In June 2001, when A.J. was not yet 2 years old, Abraham Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor battery in a relationship. He was convicted only of the latter charge and sentenced to three years of probation, according to court records.
Factor and A.J. often shopped with food stamps.It is probably also illegal for them to discriminate in favor of American citizens, people who speak English, intact families, legitimate kids, people without criminal records, people not on food stamps, etc.
Around 2008, Factor was happy to get a job at a Dollar Tree store on East Cliff Drive near 14th Avenue in Live Oak, Jovich said. The store sells discounted food, toys, party supplies and other items, and she worked as a cashier, stocked shelves, handled deliveries and even cleaned restrooms.
Then her boss started made sexual advances, grabbed her and coerced her into "sexual activity" with promises of preferential treatment, according to a sexual harassment lawsuit Jovich later filed on Factor's behalf.
After she left the Dollar Tree job, "She became homeless," said Jovich. "She ran out of money." Factor and A.J. stayed with friends and lived for a time at the Homeless Services Center on Coral Street in Santa Cruz. The harassment case finally settled out of court in May 2013. Factor received an undisclosed sum.
She and A.J. moved in to the Tannery Arts Center in part because it is low-income housing.
The center's 100 units of one- to three-bedroom apartments are meant for artists, musicians and writers who earn less than the average median income in the county. It was $69,600 in 2014. But because it receives federal funding and is subject to fair housing laws, its leaders cannot discriminate against nonartists when choosing tenants. So not all tenants are artists.