Girl's stab death 'a random attack'
A 13-year-old girl who was stabbed in a "random, isolated attack" dialled 999 as she lay dying from her injuries, police have said.
Casey-Lyanne Kearney called police and a passer-by phoned for an ambulance, but despite their efforts she died in hospital hours later.
A 26-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody. It has been confirmed that she was "known to a number of local public agencies".
John Willis, who comforted Casey-Lyanne, was one of the first people to find the dying girl in Elmfield Park, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. He was alerted to her plight by his two sons who saw her lying on the ground in a semi-conscious state.
He said: "I was expecting to find someone having a fit, she was on the ground lying on a coat, another woman was with her making sure she was cared for.
"We got her in the recovery position. She didn't move a lot and she didn't speak. Her breathing was very shallow and she was very pale. The police arrived very promptly and took over the situation. I was very upset, it was very shocking."
Detective Superintendent Terry Mann of South Yorkshire Police said officers were attempting to establish the teenager's movements after she left her home in Rossington at around midday on Tuesday. He said Casey-Lyanne was intending to catch a bus to Doncaster town centre where she was to meet a friend.
He said: "South Yorkshire Police have launched a murder investigation after a 13-year-old girl died last night at 9.25pm in Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI) following what appears to be a random, isolated attack."
Mr Mann said Casey-Lyanne was 5ft 3in with long, straight, ginger hair. She was wearing a black waist-length coat yesterday, along with blue jeans and knee-high boots. She was also carrying a black Bench shoulder bag with purple writing.
He appealed for any members of the public who were in or near the park at lunchtime yesterday, and either saw anything suspicious or Casey-Lyanne herself, to contact police at a specialist incident room on 01709 443510, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.