Alabama boy charged in killing of girl found hanging from treeASHVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The 14-year-old half-brother of an Alabama girl found hanging from a tree was charged with murder Friday in her death, authorities said.
The body of Katelynn Arnold, 9, was discovered Thursday night outside her home in Ragland, a rural town about 40 miles northeast of Birmingham, said St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles.
The cotton rope from an old tire swing was deliberately tied in a simple knot around the girl’s neck, but was not a hangman’s noose, the sheriff said. St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell said an autopsy found the cause of death was homicide due to ligature strangulation.
The boy and girl were living with their aunt and uncle as part of a foster home situation, Surles said.
The girl was riding her bicycle Thursday evening and her aunt noticed she was missing. She drove around looking for the girl for about 45 minutes and came home to find her hanging from a tree outside the home.
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