A TEENAGE girl has been arrested after her 10-year-old cousin was found today with her throat slit and words carved into her body.
Police are investigating the gruesome discovery in a remote property in Gunnedah, a tiny town of fewer than 10,000 people in northwest New South Wales, Australia.
The younger girl’s aunt reportedly returned to the family farmhouse at about 7am to find the girl with blood gushing from her body.
Police have confirmed that despite attempts to revive her, she died at the scene.
They found the teenage suspect in a daze and arrested her although she has not been charged.
It is believed the girl had been slashed with a knife and words were carved into her skin, although police did not reveal further details.
At Gunnedah’s Court House Hotel, Sarah told news.com.au that “everyone is still trying to get their heads around”.
Breanna, who works at the Parkview Hotel in the centre of Gunnedah told news.com.au that people were “totally shocked’ by the news of the incident.
She said: “It’s a small town, so everyone knows about it and yes people are shocked about it,.”
Local councillor Chaffey said he had not spoken directly with the families involved.
He said: “I can’t imagine the pain the families are going through at this time and our thoughts and prayers go out to them.”
Senior police have described the death as one of the worst murders in recent history involving young girls.