Last Thursday evening, 9-year-old Katelynn Arnold was found dead outside her foster family’s home in Ragland, Alabama.
Katelynn’s foster mother said that she found Katelynn attached to a rope that was hanging from a tree outside their home. Katelynn was pronounced dead at St. Clair Regional Hospital. The cause of death was declared as ligature strangulation.
St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles said that Katelynn’s 14-year-old half-brother had murdered her. When Surles was asked what the boy’s motive was, he said,
“I have no idea.”
Surles has no doubt that it was an accident.
“That’s why he’s charged with murder.”