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The child was found with serious injuries at the house in York. She was rushed to hospital but later died.

A 15-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with the death.

Officers remain at the scene this morning in the Woodthorpe area of the city as the investigation continues.

A police corden remained in place, with yellow police tape across the end of a footpath which runs down the side of one of the cul-de-sac’s large detached new-build houses.

A white forensics tent stands around 100 metres down the footpath.

Girl found dead near cul-de-sac in YorkSWNS

TRAGIC: The girl, 7, was found dead near this cul-de-sac in York

“She sadly died”

Police

The York City and East police team tweeted: “Difficult late shift for all York staff with tragic death of a seven year old. Thoughts go out to family members.”

A police spokesman said:”Police were called shortly after 4.30pm on Monday, January 9, to an address in Alness Drive, York.

“Officers attended and upon visiting a scene nearby, they found a seven year old girl with life-threatening injuries. Ambulance attended and the girl was taken to York District Hospital, where she sadly died a short time later.

“A 15 year old girl has been arrested in connection with the incident. She remains in police custody for questioning.”