A teenager has been charged with the murder of a seven-year-old girl in York.
Katie Rough died after her throat was slashed in playing fields – as her desperate mum raced to the scene crying: “No, no, it’s my little girl.”
A 15-year-old girl was arrested and later charged with murder, police confirmed.
She is also charged with the possession of an offensive weapon, North Yorkshire Police said.
The girl will appear at York Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning.
Only two weeks ago, Katie stole the show as a bridesmaid at her parents’ wedding. She was stabbed on Monday afternoon an hour after school finished.
The little girl’s mum was alerted to the horror and raced to the scene in a car. But after seeing her wounded child, she dropped to her knees sobbing: “No, no, it’s my little girl. Help get an ambulance.”
Katie died after the attack which took place around 4.30pm.
Her dad Paul Rough arrived at the fields in the affluent Woodthorpe area of York, North Yorks, shortly after his wife, Alison, 38.
The attack took place just over half a mile from the Rough’s home in Foxwood, York.
As medics worked on their daughter, the distraught mum paced back and forwards from the field where her daughter lay stricken in the mud while the dad stood slumped against a wall in despair.
The couple, who married two weeks ago, comforted each other as she was stretchered away with an oxygen mask on.
Katie was declared dead at hospital.
It is believed the horror was witnessed by several locals walking their dogs.
They are thought to have alerted police and paramedics to the horror after seeing a wound to Katie’s neck.
Tracey Ralph, head teacher of Westfield Primary School, said: “Katie was a kind and thoughtful child who was well-liked by both pupils and staff. She was hardworking and showed a particular talent for creative writing.
“Her death is a terrible loss which has deeply saddened our school community and we send our profound sympathies to her family.
“All members of our school are being offered emotional support at this distressing time.”