14-Year-Old Alabama Boy Charged With Murder For Hanging 9-Year-Old

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Katelynnn Arnold, 9, murdered by half-brother.RAGLAND, Ala. — When 9-year-old Katelynn Arnold didn’t appear right away after one of her frequent bicycle rides along her rural Alabama road, her concerned aunt set out to look for the girl.

The woman, who is the girl’s foster mother, checked with a neighbor whose daughter often played with Katelynn, but he hadn’t seen her. When she returned home Thursday evening, she found the girl hanged from a tree with an old tire swing rope, deliberately, authorities say, by her 14-year-old half-brother who was charged Friday with murder.

The cotton rope was tied in a simple knot around the girl’s neck, but was not a hangman’s noose, said St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles. County Coroner Dennis Russell said an autopsy found the cause of death was homicide due to ligature strangulation.

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