GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: This story contains details that may cause distress for some readers
A teenage girl will face court on Thursday charged over the brutal killing of her 10-year-old cousin.
Shock and grief is reverberating around the rural New South Wales town of Gunnedah, after the badly injured body of the young girl was found at her family property.
Police sources told the ABC the victim’s throat had been cut and her body was mutilated.
The victim’s 14-year-old cousin was arrested at the scene and charged with murder.
She remained in custody overnight and is expected to face a Children’s Court on Thursday.
Gunnedah, home to about 13,000 people, is located in the heart of the Namoi Valley, about 415 kilometres northwest of Sydney.
In a statement, Gunnedah Shire Council said their thoughts and prayers were with the family involved.
“We are a strong and tightknit community – and together we will support the family and our community through this event,” the council statement said.
New South Wales Police said in a statement emergency crews were called to the home after the girl’s body was discovered about 7am Wednesday.
The victim could not be saved.
A 14yo girl is due in children's court tomorrow charged with murder, after the body of a 10yo girl was found in a home at Gunnedah this morning. https://t.co/hPTSicihis
— NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) July 8, 2020
“Officers from Oxley Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation,” police said.
“A short time later, officers arrested a 14-year-old girl – who was known to the child – nearby.
“She was taken to Gunnedah Police Station where she was charged with murder.
“The teen has been refused bail to appear before a children’s court.”