Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 14-year-old boy for the Thursday death of a 3-year-old girl.
The suspect has been charged with felony murder by aggravated rape of a child and aggravated rape of a child, sheriff’s spokeswoman Janice Atkinson said.
Deputies have not released the name of the victim, the suspect or any other details. Ms. Atkinson said no other details will be made available because of the “sensitive nature of this case and the age of the suspect.”
She said the victim was taken Thursday to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital, where she died. The body was examined at the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s office, where signs of trauma were apparent. Deputies immediately pursued the case as a homicide investigation, police statements indicate.
Adam Crisp covers education issues for the Times Free Press. He joined the paper's staff in 2007 and initially covered crime, public safety, courts and general assignment topics. Prior to Chattanooga, Crisp was a crime reporter at the Savannah Morning News and has been a reporter and editor at community newspapers in southeast Georgia. In college, he led his student paper to a first-place general excellence award from the Georgia College Press Association. He earned ...