YORKSHIRE: A mother sank to her knees and sobbed yesterday after her seven-year-old daughter was found with fatal injuries. The youngster was discovered in a grassy alleyway in an affluent suburb of York and later died in hospital. A 15-year-old girl has been arrested. Witnesses said the mother of the girl who died was distraught after she arrived at the scene where her daughter was found. 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 heartbroken, shouting for help and saying her daughter had been killed. He said: ‘I came to the door to see what was happening there. 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”. Another resident of the street said: ‘I arrived in my car behind the mother. I wasn’t quite sure what was going on, it wasn’t until I spoke to the police that I found out. ‘The mother was on her knees in the middle of the road, crying and saying things. It was quite distressing.’ Police have sealed off the area today and a white tent has been erected where the child was found with fatal injuries.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said officers arrested a teenage girl following the incident, which happened close to a property in Alness Drive, York – a cul-de-sac lined with detached houses. The teenager is currently being questioned in custody. North Yorkshire Police tweeted yesterday evening: ‘Difficult and tragic shift. ‘Our thoughts and sympathy are with the parents and family involved as well as colleagues who did all they could.’ The York City and East police team also tweeted: ‘Difficult late shift for all York staff with tragic death of a seven year old. Thoughts go out to family members. Alness Drive is a quiet street lined with red-brick detached homes, lying to the south east of the city centre. A police spokesman said: ‘Police are investigating the death of a seven year old girl in York. ‘Police were called shortly after 4.30pm on Monday, January 9, to an address in Alness Drive, York. ‘Officers attended and upon visiting a scene nearby, they found a seven year old girl with life-threatening injuries. ‘Ambulance attended and the girl was taken to York District Hospital, where she sadly died a short time later. ‘A 15-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with the incident. She remains in police custody for questioning. ‘Officers remain at the scene while the investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death of the girl continues.’