Madison murder

A State Police cruiser is parked Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in the driveway of 15 Burgdorf Drive in Madison. Melissa Hatch, 42, was found dead at the home on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, and a juvenile has been charged with second-degree murder, the state Attorney General’s office said.

MADISON — State prosecutors said Saturday they have charged a juvenile with second-degree murder in the death of a 42-year-old Madison woman.

Authorities responded to a 911 call at 15 Burgdorf Drive in Madison at 6:40 p.m. Friday and found the victim, Melissa Hatch, officials said.

A juvenile was taken into custody at the scene and later charged with Hatch's murder.

State law precludes any further information from being released about the juvenile, officials said.

Anyone under 18 charged with a felony crime is tried in juvenile court that is closed to the public unless the state attorney general or county attorney convinces a judge to certify that offender as an adult.

There are eight different criteria that a judge must weigh before making this decision which include the criminal history of the offender, the seriousness of the offense, the "sophistication and maturity" of the juvenile and what would best protect the public.

With regard to the most violent crimes that include first and second-degree murder, the presumption is the case should be transferred to adult court if the juvenile is at least 15 years old when he or she committed the crime.

An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for Sunday.

Anyone with information is urged to contact State Police Sgt. Marc Beaudoin at 223-8678.

The homicide scene is on a rural residential street in the northern part of this Carroll County town with a population of 2,550 people.

A call for the Madison Fire Department to provide assistance came in at 7:06 p.m.

According to local property tax records, John F. Elliott owns the home at 15 Burgdorf Drive.

This one-and-a-half story Cape style home was built in 1985.

The building sits on a half-acre lot and the property is most recently assessed at $132,000 according to local tax records.