British teenage girl charged with killing of seven-year-old

A 15-year-old girl was charged with the murder of a seven-year-old girl and with possession of an offensive weapon, police in the northern English region of Yorkshire said on Wednesday.

The suspect, who cannot be named because she is a minor, is due to appear at York Magistrates Court later.

The North Yorkshire police named the victim as Katie Rough and released a picture of a smiling girl in a school uniform clapping her hands.

Officers were called on Monday afternoon to an address in the Woodthorpe area of York, and said they found Katie with life-threatening injuries at a scene nearby. She was taken to a hospital but died shortly after arriving there.

The BBC reported that Katie was found on a path leading to a playing field, and published a picture of a wooded area with a white forensics tent and a police cordon. The report said flowers and cards had been placed near the field.

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