York child death: Katie Rough pictured as bridesmaid two weeks before

Crime scene Police have sealed off the area today and a white tent has been erected where the child was found with fatal injuries

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: "The 15-year-old girl arrested in connection with the death of seven year old Katie Rough, has tonight been charged with Murder and Possession of an Offensive Weapon".

During the eight-minute court hearing, the defendant gazed forward while her lawyer responded to questions from the court about her name and address.

Katie Rough was discovered by police behind a house in a quiet street in York on Monday.

She was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.

Neighbours said children often used the playing field during the summer and it was popular with dog walkers.

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"I saw the mother, I presume was the mother, who was very, very distraught, she kept going back and forwards to the field and her husband turned up".

The teen, who can not be identified because she is a minor, stared straight forward during the eight-minute hearing which revealed little Katie died as a result of severe lacerations to her neck and chest.

"I spoke to her later, asked if she was OK and she said "No, no, she's my little girl".

Officers were called to Alness Drive in the city at around 4.50pm yesterday (Monday) afternoon.

Tracey Ralph, headteacher at Westfield Primary School where Katie was a pupil, paid tribute to the "kind and thoughtful child" who was well-liked by both pupils and staff.

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Flowers and cards were left near the field, including one that read: "Night night my darling princess Katie. It's my little girl".

"She was really friendly, running around". All we can ask is that through this time the police are allowed to investigate the matter thoroughly and quickly and the family are allowed to grieve in peace.

Neighbour Vicky Gilmour said: "It's quite shocking isn't it?"

She was on her way home from school when the attack happened.

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