Family of Dead 8-Year Old Girl Wants Answers

4:02 PM, Feb 18, 2011   |    comments
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Bianca Cartagena

AMHERST, NY - The family of Bianca Cartagena wants to know how the eight-year-old girl died late last year.

Her father speaks out and wonders why there is "no autopsy report."

Ruben Cartagena says his eight-year-old daughter was "a ray of sunshine." Now, he wants to know how she died. "She was a perfectly healthy little girl and to be not alive, I want answers," said Cartagena.

The family is upset that the Erie County Medical Examiner's office has not given them an autopsy report, and the cause of death at this time remains a mystery. "They're saying that its report is not complete and only when it's complete will they give it to us. I guess with a child's death, it's very difficult I imagine to find out, especially how she died. There are some different theories on how that happened and they are difficult to prove."

Cartagena comes from a family of medical professionals. He says they are also baffled at how long it is taking for the the autopsy results to be released.

2 On Your Side contacted the Erie County Health Department which oversees the Medical Examiner's Office. A spokesman said not all of the toxicology reports are in, as a result the autopsy results are still pending.

Bianca was found dead at her mother's home on Greengage Circle in Amherst on November 30, 2010. The child had been living with her grandparents, but was spending a few nights with her mother before she was to leave for Disney with her father. The parents are going through a divorce.

The day the child was discovered dead in a bed by concerned relatives, her mother was found in an outdoor shed with what police described at the scene as a "self-inflicted illness." She was treated at ECMC for several weeks.

Ruben Cartagena says he does not know the whereabouts of his estranged wife.
























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