British teenager charged with killing 7-year-old child

Katie Rough, 7, was found lying in a field with horrific injuries.
North Yorkshire Police

Katie Rough, 7, was found lying in a field with horrific injuries.

A British couple are devastated after their child died from grievous injuries in a shocking attack on Monday.

Katie Rough, 7, was found with her throat slit at a playing field near her York home, British media reported. 

A 15-year-old girl was arrested and charged with her murder, and has appeared in court.

She was remanded into secure accommodation when she appeared at York Magistrates' Court on Wednesday morning (local time). 

The teenager has also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon, said North Yorkshire Police.

According to the Telegraph, the teenager said nothing in the eight-minute hearing.

Young children arrive to leave floral tributes near the scene where seven-year-old Katie Rough was murdered.
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Young children arrive to leave floral tributes near the scene where seven-year-old Katie Rough was murdered.

Katie's parents, Alison and Paul Rough, and grandparents, were pictured arriving at court for the appearance. 

Witnesses said Katie's mother collapsed in the street and screamed for help after discovering her daughter injured, the Guardian reported. 

Rob McCartney, 50, said: "I asked if she was OK and she said, 'No, no, she's my little girl'."

One local resident to the Telegraph: "I heard the attacker had a knife, people had seen them with a knife and they used it on the girl."

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Others reported that Katie suffered several stab wounds. 

Katie was taken to hospital after officers arrived at the scene but died a short time later.

A neighbour of the couple told the Telegraph: "Katie was a pretty, lively angelic-looking little girl who loved to play out with her friends in front of their home.

"She was a lovely, sweet, smiley little girl and the thought that this happened to her is heartbreaking, it's hard to believe.

Flowers and cards were left near the field, including one that read: "Night night my darling princess Katie. Love nana and grandad."

A teacher at Katie's school said she was a "kind and thoughtful child" who enjoyed creative writing, the Guardian reported.

"Her death is a terrible loss which has deeply saddened our school community and we send our profound sympathies to her family," said head teacher Tracey Ralph. 

Just two weeks before her death, Katie had been a bridesmaid at her parents' wedding. 

North Yorkshire Police said: "Katie's family are devastated by this tragic event and have asked for their privacy to be respected at this extremely distressing time."

- Stuff, Agencies

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