Father Finds 11-Year-Old Daughter Strangled To Death Under Bed In Texas, Police Say


An 11-year-old girl was found strangled to death under a bed in her Texas home, police said.The state’s Pasadena Police Department said officers on Saturday responded to an apartment complex with a caller saying his 11-year-old daughter was not breathing.

When paramedics arrived, they pronounced the girl dead. She was later identified by authorities as Maria Gonzalez. During the investigation, it was discovered that Maria had been found under a bed by her father, Carmelo Gonzalez, after returning home from work, according to police.

Her father left for work that morning and had been in communication with Maria over the phone, police said.Shortly after Gonzalez left, police said he received a message from Maria stating someone was knocking at the front door.

Maria’s cause of death was ruled as asphyxiation due to strangulation and blunt force head and neck trauma, according to the medical examiner. Additional investigation determined that she had also been sexually assaulted. Police said there was no forced entry into the home and do not have any suspects.

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