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    NY - Bianca Cartagena, 8, found dead in her East Amherst home, 30 Nov 2010

    Police: Girl, 8, found dead in Buffalo-area home

    Authorities say they're investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl inside her suburban Buffalo home.

    Police in Amherst say relatives checking on the family's welfare found Bianca Cartagena's body around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    Her 31-year-old mother was found in a shed on the property with a self-inflicted injury. She's being treated at a Buffalo hospital. Her name hasn't been released.

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    Read more at link: http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S1861863.shtml?cat=565



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    Sounds like a murder suicide attempt to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fhc View Post
    I wonder why the little girl was separated from the mother in the first place. From the article is doesn't sound like the reletives trusted the little girl being with the mother in the first place if they went to check on her wellbeing.

    I also wonder where the father is?

    Awaiting tox reports sounds like LE perhaps suspects some sort of poisoning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Friday View Post
    I wonder why the little girl was separated from the mother in the first place. From the article is doesn't sound like the reletives trusted the little girl being with the mother in the first place if they went to check on her wellbeing.

    I also wonder where the father is?

    Awaiting tox reports sounds like LE perhaps suspects some sort of poisoning.
    Poisoning, could be. In the video interview and article he states the mother had a self-inflicted illness, not injury. That choice of words says alot, jmo. Also, in the article, the little girl, Bianca, had no visible signs of trauma.

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    RIP Bianca...how can a mother do such a thing?

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    NY, Amherst-8 yr old girls death accident or murder

    http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/erie/Wa...dent-or-murder

    "Bianca's aunt, Casie Croff, said, "She had been completely covered with blankets over her head."

    "Candace writes, "I have no recollection of Bianca even being at the house with me from that point on. All I know is that I wanted to die and kept taking pills each time I would wake up."

    "...some findings in the autopsy report, one of which states that the 8-year-old had the drug GHB in her system, but it doesn't state how much"

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    I remember this story. What a lovely little girl, my understanding (JMO) after reading the articules is that the mother drugged her then killed her.

    http://www.wkbw.com/home/grl-117789303.html another link
    Last edited by MorenoI; 03-11-2011 at 04:16 PM. Reason: Forgot to add link

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    Quote Originally Posted by MorenoI View Post
    I remember this story. What a lovely little girl, my understanding is that the mother drugged her then killed her. JMO
    that is what it sounds like... soo weird.. 2 years and no charges....

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    http://www.wben.com/What-Killed-Bian...agena-/9373093

    ''The Erie County Medical Examiner's Office has concluded that ''Bianca Cartagena, the eight-year-old girl from Amherst found dead in her mother's home last fall, died of asphyxiation.

    But the coroner's findings have raised more questions than answers.
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    Evil don't look like anything...

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    http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/crime/m...ath?hpt=ju_bn4

    Mom accused of killing 8-year-old girl
    Updated: Thursday, 09 May 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    A former Amherst resident has been indicted in the 2010 death of her 8-year-old daughter. Candace Cartagena, who now lives in Rochester, is charged with second degree murder.


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    http://www.buffalonews.com/city-regi...urder-20140606

    Candace Croff Cartagena, accused of suffocating her 8-year-old daughter four years ago in her East Amherst home, affirmed her decision to waive a jury trial in her murder case during a pretrial conference Friday in Erie County Court.

    Cartagena, 35, goes on trial Monday before Judge Thomas P. Franczyk. She is charged in the death of Bianca Cartagena, whose body was found in her motherís bedroom Nov. 30, 2010, while the mother was found moaning and mumbling in a backyard shed.

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    http://wivb.com/2014/07/20/verdict-e...-murder-trial/

    News 4 has been following the story of Candace Cartagena and the death of her 8-year-old daughter since it happened in 2010. Monday, it could come to a resolution.

    It’s been over 3 years since Bianca Cartagena was found dead inside her mother’s home. Did Bianca Cartagena die from natural causes or did her mother murder her? Judge Thomas Franczyk has heard from both sides and will be making the decision in this non-jury trial...

    Prosecutors are going for a 2nd degree murder conviction. Judge Franczyk said he will reach a verdict by 2 P.M. Monday

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    Mother found guilty of murdering 8 year-old daughter

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    The prosecution said Cartagena was in a jealous rage, and that her marriage and her relationship with her daughter Bianca were failing.
    They argued that Cartagena killed Bianca after she started spending more time with her father and his girlfriend.

    http://wivb.com/2014/07/21/cartagena...degree-murder/

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    http://www.buffalonews.com/city-regi...ianca-20140816

    Cartagena said that she had been trying to commit suicide by a drug overdose, although she concedes she may have accidentally rolled on top of her napping daughter, triggering the girl’s asphyxiation and heart failure...

    Now with her sentencing 10 days away, Cartagena hopes Franczyk will take into consideration her story – that she was incapable of intentionally suffocating her only child – and that the judge will show mercy.

    But there is another obstacle: Cartagena’s own mother and other family members, who pushed authorities to charge her with murder after a long delay in the case. Convincing them of her innocence could prove difficult. Casie Croff, Cartegena’s sister, has notified the court that she intends to speak on behalf of Bianca at the sentencing. Croff and Kathy Sweeney, mother of the two sisters and Bianca’s grandmother, spoke out more than a year ago, seeking justice for Bianca, even if it meant sending Cartagena to prison.

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    Cartagena sentenced to 25 years to life

    http://www.buffalonews.com/city-regi...-life-20140826
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