- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - The 17-year-old cousin of a Dallas girl whose body was found in a vacant apartment was arrested on a capital murder charge Monday in her death, police said.

Angel Lizandro Sanches-Zenteno was being held without bond. Jail records did not list an attorney for him. He also faces an immigration charge.

The medical examiner has ruled the initial cause of 5-year-old Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez’s death as strangulation. The girl’s body was found Sunday afternoon.

The child had been reported missing by her aunt, who last saw her playing outside with her sisters around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, police said. An uncle was watching the girl, her brothers and her sisters at the apartment complex while their parents worked.

Police said a witness told officers that he had seen the girl walking with Sanches-Zenteno around noon and had also seen the two of them together before the child was reported missing.

Her body was found about three hours after she was reported missing. Sanches-Zenteno’s apartment was next door to the one where the girl’s body was found.

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