Monday, 12 June 2017

A 15 year old boy allegedly arrested for killing a 10 year old girl

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A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the murder investigation of a 10-year-old girl who disappeared last week in Colorado, police said.

Kiaya Campbell vanished Wednesday while walking with her stepbrother from her home in Thorton. Police in the Denver suburb would not confirm or deny if the teen under arrest was the same boy as the one last seen with Campbell, the Denver Post reports.

“It’s still ongoing, and there are still things to tie up at this time,” Thorton Police Department spokesman Victor Avila told the newspaper. “That’s why we’re keeping it close to the vest … to make sure we get a successful prosecution at the end of this.”

Detectives arrested the 15-year-old boy late Saturday for investigation of first-degree murder. Avila said his name will not be released because he is a juvenile.

The boy who was with Campbell at the time of her disappearance told police that the pair got separated during a thunderstorm, although some neighbors disputed that it rained that evening, the Denver Post reports.

Campbell’s body was later found in a wooded area more than a mile away from where the girl was last seen. Authorities said her body had signs of severe trauma and detectives are investigating whether she was sexually assaulted before being killed, CBS Denver reports.

The girl’s cause of death has not been released, but the Adams County coroner said it was “other than accidental,” KDVR reports. A possible motive has not been released.

Neighbors told the station that the girl frequently posted videos to YouTube on her favorite hobbies, including making slime, singing karaoke and Pokemon cards. She also posted many first-person videos where she told viewers what she wanted for Christmas or to show off her new glasses.

“It was literally in my front yard,” one woman identified only as Janelle told KDVR. “And I really didn’t sleep for two nights.”

A GoFundMe page set up by the girl’s mother has exceeded $14,000 as of Monday.

“This beautiful soul was stolen from us,” the website reads. “We appreciate everything everyone has done in this situation.”

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