9-year-old girl murdered, found hanging from a tree
ASHVILLE - Alabama authorities say a 14-year-old boy is charged with murder for the death of a girl found hanging from a tree.
St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles says the victim, Katelynn Arnold, was 9 years old and the boy's half-sister.
Her body was discovered Thursday night outside her home in Ragland, a rural town about 40 miles northeast of Birmingham.
Neighbors told reporters the rope used to be part of a tire swing
St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell said an autopsy found the cause of death was homicide due to ligature strangulation.