9-year-old girl murdered, found hanging from a tree

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Posted: May 11, 2012 1:15 PM
Updated: May 11, 2012 1:15 PM
Source: Associated Press

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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.

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