NATIONAL NEWS: Teenager admits killing seven-year-old girl

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A teenager today admitted killing a seven-year-old girl.

The 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has admitted the manslaughter of Katie Rough on a playing field in York.

She appeared by video link at Leeds Crown Court where she pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

Katie was found with severe lacerations to her neck and chest in January and died later in hospital.

Her killer appeared on the video link sat next to a solicitor and wearing a black hoodie.

Her solicitor confirmed her name when asked by the judge, Mr Justice Soole.

Nicholas Johnson QC, defending, asked the court if the charge of murder could be put to the girl again and she wrote her plea on a piece of paper.

Her solicitor told the court: "I can confirm she has indicated not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter."

Graham Reeds QC, prosecuting, said: "We are going to accept that plea of manslaughter by diminished responsibility."