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Police name girl (7) found in field with fatal injuries

By Amy Murphy

A seven-year-old girl who died after she was found seriously injured on a playing field in York has been named by police as Katie Rough.

She was found down a track with life-threatening injuries on Monday after police were called to an address in the Woodthorpe area of the city.

She was taken to hospital but died a short time later, North Yorkshire Police said.

A 15-year-old girl, who was arrested shortly afterwards, remains in police custody.

Katie's distraught mother was seen crying on her knees in the street and pleading for help.

Witnesses said she arrived at the scene in Alness Drive in the afternoon, saying: "No, no, she's my little girl."

Rob McCartney (50), who lives in one of the homes next to the track, said he saw the young girl lying in the field.

He said the child's mother was shouting for help and saying her daughter had been killed.

He said: "The mother came running up the street shouting for help and saying 'get an ambulance'.

"I put my shoes on, went up the side of the house. I could see a young girl lying in the field, police were already attending to her."

Mr McCartney added: "(The mother) was back and forth, obviously very, very distraught and who I think was the father turned up.

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

"She said: 'I think she's killed her'.

"They were obviously very distraught."

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