A teenager has been charged with murder after a seven-year-old girl was allegedly found with her throat cut just an hour after she finished school.
Katie Rough was found down an alleyway with life-threatening injuries after police were called to an address in the Woodthorpe area of York on Monday.
It is believed the little girl, who died shortly after arriving at hospital, had been spotted by dog walkers.
A 15-year-old girl arrested in connection with the tragedy has been charged with both murder and being in possession of an offensive weapon.
She will appear before magistrates in York at 10am today.
According to MailOnline, the schoolgirl, who had just been a bridesmaid at her mum’s wedding, was found with her throat cut. However, this has not yet been confirmed by police.
Witnesses earlier described how Katie’s mother, named locally as Alison Rough, was seen crying on her knees in the street and pleading for help after her daughter was injured.
Her husband was reportedly slumped against a wall in despair.
Residents living in Alness Drive said Mrs Rough asked them to call an ambulance for Katie – who was described in tributes as ‘darling princess’.
Rob McCartney, 50, said he saw the young girl lying in the field.
He said: ‘The mother came running up the street shouting for help and saying ‘Get an ambulance’.
‘I put my shoes on, went up the side of the house. I could see a young girl lying in the field, police were already attending to her.’
Mr McCartney added: ‘(The mother) was back and forth, obviously very, very distraught and who I think was the father turned up.
‘I spoke to her later, asked if she was okay and she said ‘No, no, she’s my little girl’.
A woman living in a house by a track leading to the playing field said: ‘The mother was on her knees in the middle of the road, crying and saying things.
‘It was quite distressing.’
Flowers left at the scene read: ‘Night night my darling princess Katie, love Nana and Grandad xxxx’
In a statement, 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.
They appealed for witnesses who may have seen a teenage girl with a younger child in the Morrell Court area of York on Monday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm.
Anyone with information that could help the investigation should dial 101, select option 1, speak to the Force Control Room and ask to be put through to the Cleveland & North Yorkshire Major Investigation Team.
Please use reference number 12170004685 when passing on any information.