Autopsy Released in Amherst Girl's Death

March 10, 2011 Updated Mar 11, 2011 at 12:24 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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March 10, 2011 Updated Mar 11, 2011 at 12:24 AM EDT

Amherst, NY
(WKBW)

The Amherst Police Department remained tight-lipped about who they think killed eight year old Bianca Cartagena. Detectives are calling her death suspicious and investigating it as a homicide.

The autopsy report in Bianca's death was released Thursday. It indicates that Bianca died from asphyxiation and shows there was GHB - a well known date rape drug - in her system. However, GHB does occur naturally in the body and police would not comment on the level of the substance in her system.

Police reported that Bianca's body was found laying on her back on a bed inside of her mother, Candace Cartagena's East Amherst home on Greengage Circle the night of November 30th. On that same night, police discovered Candace in a storage shed in the backyard of the home with what they are calling a "self-inflicted medical condition." The mother was taken to the hospital but was not seriously injured.

Candace had custody of her daughter Bianca, but had unofficially given the child over to the child's grandparents. It was Bianca's grandmother and aunt who became suspicious of Bianca's whereabouts after allowing her to stay with Candace for the day and not hearing from the two again.

Police say Candace has not been cooperative with the investigation.

"The rest of the family have been very cooperative and very concerned throughout. Mrs. Cartagena, Candace, the mother of Bianca, invoked her right to an attorney and her attorney advised her not to talk to us," said Captain and Detective Enzio Villalta of the Amherst Police Department.

Police officials plan to meet with the medical examiner's office to clarify some items. They will then meet with the district attorney's office sometime next week to determine whether they will file charges. So far, they have not named any suspects.

Another sad detail in the case is that Bianca had a trip planned to Disney World with her father the day after she was found dead.