Death of a 13-Year-Old Florida Girl Leads to Man’s First-Degree Murder Charges!

Death of a 13-Year-Old Florida Girl Leads to Man's First-Degree Murder Charges!

A man has been indicted with first-degree murder in the case of Madeline Soto, a 13-year-old girl who went missing and was subsequently found dead in Osceola County, Florida, authorities announced Wednesday.

According to Florida State Attorney Andrew Bain, Stephan Sterns was indicted by an Osceola County grand jury for the murder of Madeline Soto, whose body was discovered in a wooded area on March 1st, days after she was reported missing by her mother, Jennifer Soto.

Records obtained by WFTV indicate that Soto was killed between February 25th and February 27th.

Bain stated that he will determine whether to pursue the death penalty in Sterns’ case. Sterns is scheduled for arraignment on Monday and is currently being held without bond.

In addition to the murder charge, Sterns faces other allegations related to Madeline Soto, including sexual battery on a child under 12 years old and unlawful possession of child sex abuse material.

According to the Florida State Attorney’s Office, Sterns was the boyfriend of Madeline Soto’s mother.

Kissimmee Police Department Chief Betty Holland expressed the importance of the indictment, stating, “This indictment signifies a crucial step forward in our quest for justice and a testament to our commitment to honoring Madeline’s memory.”

Bain praised the collaboration between law enforcement and prosecutors, emphasizing the diligence in presenting the case to the grand jury. He reaffirmed the commitment to ensuring justice for Madeline and her family, expressing determination to hold the defendant accountable for his actions and provide closure to the community.

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