Teen Boy in Custody Following Killing of 9yr-old Westmoreland Girl

A teenager remains in police custody this afternoon as investigations intensify into the murder of a 9-year-old girl in Westmoreland.

The body of the 9-year-old child was found last night in bushes. The child was found following a search by the police and members of her family.

The head of the Westmoreland Police is Superintendent Gary McKenzie.

Superintendent McKenzie says the police suspect the child may have been strangled.

Following the discovery of the body, the police started their probe which led to the arrest of a 13-year-old boy.

The Police say the 13-year old and his family members are being questioned.

The Police Community Safety and Security Department has also been in contact with the families of the teenager and the 9-year-old girl.

Superintendent McKenzie says they’ve also notified other relevant authorities, including the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, CPFSA.

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In 2018, Tauna won the UNICEF Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights. She graduated from CARIMAC in 2015 and joined NNN in 2016. Since then, she’s covered several high-profile court cases including the X6 murder trial, the police death squad trial and is currently covering the Uchence Wilson Gang trial. Thomas is the Producer of Talking History heard on Nationwide Radio every Saturday.