Published: Thu, January 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Girl, 15, remanded into secure accommodation over death of Katie, seven

Girl, 15, remanded into secure accommodation over death of Katie, seven

Katie died in hospital after being found with life-threatening injuries in the Woodthorpe area of York on Monday.

Police charged a 15-year-old girl with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

The teenager, who under British law can not be named because of her age, was remanded into secure accommodation on Wednesday. Bizarrely, the killer called to report Katie's death and whereabouts, allege Police. It is understood she was being treated for mental health problems. The police had launched an appeal for witnesses and were looking for two girls, one aged 15 years old and the other seven, who were been seen in the area.

Katie, who has been described as a "kind and thoughtful child", was found lying on the grass of a playing field in York.

Katie's grandparents were in court but it is not thought that her parents attended.

The couple had been together for over a decade before finally getting married on December 28.

Nearly £20,000 had been donated to help the heartbroken family after the seven-year-old was fatally slashed across the throat with a Stanley knife.

"(The mother) was back and forth, obviously very, very distraught and who I think was the father turned up.

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

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

She said that although she did not know the family personally, she had felt driven to support them and wrote: "No mother should be going through what Katie's mum is having to deal with".

"Her death is a awful loss which has deeply saddened our school community and we send our profound sympathies to her family".

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