Amherst Police Release Name of Child in Suspicious Death

1:44 PM, Dec 2, 2010   |    comments
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  • Amherst Police continue to investigate details surrounding the death
  • Greengage Circle, Amherst

EAST AMHERST, NY - Amherst Police have released the name of an eight-year-old girl found dead in her mother's home.

Bianca Cartagena was found dead after spending part of this week with her mother in Amherst. According to police, Bianca lives with her grandmother and aunt in North Tonawanda.

The name of Bianca's mother has not yet been released. She is currently being treated at ECMC for self inflicted wounds.

According to Amherst Police, the mother was found unconscious in a backyard shed. Police continue to investigate the situation, including when exactly Bianca went to her mother's house.

Amherst Police tell 2 On Your Side that Bianca's aunt and grandfather had gone to the home at 414 Greengage Circle to check on Bianca and her mother when they did not hear from them and being unable to reach them by phone.

The child's death is considered suspicious.  An autopsy will be performed.

"I could say anybody could be a suspect. We don't have, we're working on building a timeline, and all types of things like that. You know how quickly all this is going to happen. I can't tell you because so much depends on that medical examination which I believe is occurring now," said Green.

"From the initial inspection, it doesn't look like there were signs of violence, or trauma to the body. We won't know for certain until the Medical Examiner gets here." said police.

Police are now focusing on piecing together the last few days of Bianca's life, including when was the last time she attended school.

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