Alabama girl dead on rope, cops have juvenile suspect
RAGLAND, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama authorities say the death of an 8-year-old girl found hanging on a rope from a tree was a homicide.
The sheriff's department has a juvenile suspect in custody.
The body of Katelynn Arnold was discovered Thursday night outside her home in Ragland, a rural town about 40 miles northeast of Birmingham.
Neighbors told WBRC-TV the rope used to be part of a tire swing
St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell told The Associated Press on Friday that an autopsy found the cause of death was homicide due to ligature strangulation.
Russell says the county sheriff's office has a juvenile suspect in custody. There were no more details immediately available.
Ragland Elementary School planned to have grief counselors available Friday for classmates of the girl.