ASHVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama authorities say a 14-year-old boy is charged with murder in the death of his half-sister who was found hanging from a tree.
St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles says the victim, Katelynn Arnold, was 9 years old.
Her body was discovered Thursday night outside her home in Ragland, a rural town about 40 miles northeast of Birmingham.
Surles says the rope was tied in a knot, but was not like a hangman's noose.
St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell said an autopsy found the cause of death was homicide due to ligature strangulation.
Surles says the boy and girl were living with their aunt and uncle as part of a foster home situation.