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Woman charged with murder of 13-year-old Casey-Lyanne

Casey-Lyanne Kearney phoned the police herself to tell them she had just been stabbed.

Elmfield Park
Elmfield Park
Image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

POLICE IN THE UK have charged a 26-year-old woman with the murder of a teenage girl at a South Yorkshire park on Tuesday.

Last night, South Yorkshire Police said they charged Hannah Bonser with the stabbing and killing of 13-year-old Casey-Lyanne Kearney.

She was also charged with two counts of possession of a bladed article. She will appear before Doncaster Magistrates today.

Bonser was arrested on the day of the murder and has remained in police custody since.

Investigating police said that Casey-Lyanne died from her injuries at Doncaster Royal Infirmary at 9.25pm Wednesday following what appeared to be a random, isolated and unprovoked attack.

The victim had left her home in the village of Rossington at about noon on Tuesday to take a bus to meet a friend in town.

At 1.18pm she called the police from Elmfield Park to tell them she had just been stabbed. She was treated by police and paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital by ambulance, where she later died.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent, Terry Mann has appealed for witnesses to come forward.

“Did you see Casey? Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the park area yesterday lunchtime?” he said in a statement.

I can’t urge anyone enough, any detail no matter how small, please come forward. Think about what Casey’s family are going through – imagine if this was your daughter, sister, niece or friend.”

Additional police patrols have been arranged in the area to reassure the local community.

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