1. A 15-year-old boy has been arrested over the murder of a 10-year-old girl.
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Colorado police have arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of 10-year-old Kiaya Campbell, KDVR reports.
Kiaya was last seen at around 8pm last Wednesday, when she told her father she was going for a walk to the local shopping centre. She was with her father’s girlfriend’s 15-year-old son at the time.
The boy told police he had become separated from Kiaya when a storm began. She was reported missing around midnight.
Authorities issued an Amber Alert the next day, but that evening, the 10-year-old’s body was found in a grassy area about a mile from her home.
It is not known whether the 15-year-old that has been arrested is the same one she was with the night she disappeared. As the suspect is a minor, his name has not been released by police.
An exact cause of death is yet to be released, but the coroner has confirmed it was “other than accidental”.
Before the teen’s arrest, Thornton Police Department confirmed they were treating Kiaya’s death as a homicide.
Kiaya’s mother, Chantel Campbell, has started a GoFundMe campaign to help with her daughter’s funeral expenses.
“This beautiful soul was stolen from us,” she wrote.
“We appreciate everything everyone has done in this situation. Now we just appreciate anything anyone can do to help out her to rest.
“I can’t thank everyone personally one on one and I am sorry for that. I do want to say that we are so thankful that so many of you are helping our baby rest.”