Medical Examiner Calls Death Of Amherst Girl Murder

November 10, 2011 Updated Nov 10, 2011 at 8:46 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

November 10, 2011 Updated Nov 10, 2011 at 8:46 AM EDT

Amherst, N.Y. (WKBW) - The answer to whether Bianca Cartegena, 8, was murdered is still in question but one medical examiner said her life was taken, according to a second autopsy.

The first autopsy conducted by the Erie County Medical Examiner, determine that the girl died of asphyxiation. Bianca's body was found in her mother's Amherst home last November. Her mother Candice was found unresponsive in a shed in the backyard.

The girl did not live with her mom but was visiting. When her grandma and aunt did not hear from Bianca for 24 hours, they went to the house and found her dead in her bed.

Although the cause was determined, the manner of which shed died was not released. Police also said there was the date rape drug GHB found in her system.

The girl's father's attorney ordered this second autopsy, which said she was murdered. Throughout the investigation, Bianca's father has been accusing Candice of wrongdoing. Police said that she was being uncooperative in providing information. They also said that Candice fled to Rochester. Her attorney claims she went there to deal with mental health issues as a result of her daughter's death.
"The rest of the family has been very cooperative and helpful. Candice the girls mother got an attorney and her attorney advised her not to talk to us," Amherst Police Captain Enzio Villalta said.

GHB is found naturally in the body but the question that remains is how much was in Bianca's system. At this time no charges have been filed in the case but police continue to investigate.