Teen arrested for rape, murder of 3-year-old girl

Teen arrested for rape, murder of 3-year-old girl

April 24th, 2009 by Adam Crisp in Local Regional News

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.