Girl, 15, charged with the murder of Katie Rough

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Officers said they were called to an address in the northern English city of York on Monday afternoon where they found a girl, 7, suffering from life-threatening injuries.

A 15-year-old girl charged with the murder appeared in court for the first time today.

She stood in the centre of the glass fronted dock at York Magistrates Court guarded by two security officers and a youth offending team manager.

The girl, who was wearing an oversized grey sweatshirt and had long brown hair, will appear before Leeds Crown Court on Friday.

Residents described Katie as a sweet girl who always played with other children and enjoyed drawing with chalk on the pavement, according to the Telegraph.

Katie Rough was found injured on a path near a playing field in Woodthorpe, York, on Monday and died soon after, the BBC reported.

Multiple reports state the mom cried aloud on her knees after discovering her daughter had been harmed. Her husband was slumped against a wall in despair.

Katie pictured as a bridesmaid two weeks before her death "No, no".

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

Katie's aunt Jan Hinds left a message thanking people who had made donations via the GoFundMe website and said: "the generosity of strangers is overwhelming".

"We didn't know at the time what had happened but now it's really shocking".

Witness accounts of the mother's immediate reaction to Katie's death corroborate The Guardian's description, too.

The victim was a pupil at Westfield Primary School in York where the head teacher described her as a "kind and thoughtful child".

Another resident of the street said: "I arrived in my auto behind the mother".

"I saw the mother, I presume was the mother, who was very, very distraught, she kept going back and forwards to the field and her husband turned up. It's my little girl". They came first regardless.

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