Casey Kearney Murder: Woman Charged Makes Appearance In Court
A woman has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a 13-year-old girl who was found fatally stabbed in a park.
Hannah Bonser, 26, made a brief appearance before Doncaster Magistrates' Court charged with the murder of Casey-Lyanne Kearney.
The teenager was found lying fatally injured in Elmfield Park, Doncaster, on Tuesday afternoon after dialling 999
The parents of a Kearney have paid tribute to her as "the most beautiful, intelligent and bright young girl".
Casey-Lyanne Kearney was found lying fatally injured in Elmfield Park, Doncaster, on Tuesday afternoon after dialling 999 for help. She was taken to hospital but later died.
Her parents said in a statement: "Losing Casey has been so painful words cannot begin to explain.
"She was the most beautiful, intelligent and bright young girl with her whole life ahead of her. We need time alone with family and friends to start to come to terms with our loss."
Speaking near the scene on Wednesday, senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Terry Mann said Casey-Lyanne had left her home at around midday yesterday, intending to catch the bus to Doncaster town centre where she was then going to meet a friend.
He said: "We believe that she then got off somewhere around this area here, and the next part we know is that, at 18 minutes past one yesterday, a call is received via South Yorkshire Police switchboard from Casey herself to say that she had been stabbed.
"At the same time, a passing member of the public has come by Casey and contacted an ambulance. In a very short period of time both police and paramedics arrived at the park area."
A police tent in Elmfield Park, Doncaster where a murder investigation is under way
The whole park remained sealed off on Wednesday and blue police tape was attached to railings and trees.
Police community support officers were positioned at various locations. A white forensic police tent could be seen in the park - just a few metres from a play area. Locals spoke of their shock at hearing reports that the girl had been stabbed.
One woman, who was passing the scene with her 13-year-old daughter, said she no longer allowed her to go into the park. "It is not a very good park, to be honest. There have been a number of incidents in there, it is not like when I was a child."
She said her daughter had come across a drunk woman when she was walking close to the park yesterday afternoon.
A police car at Elmfield Park, Doncaster where a murder investigation is under way
The teenager said: "We were just walking and we decided to run. She was walking past and she asked us why we are running. She started calling us names."
A local shopkeeper, who gave his name as Raja, said: "They should put CCTV cameras in the park. A few customers have been saying that." He added: "It is such a shock. It is really sad. You see kids playing football in the park. It is the first time we have had a stabbing around here." He said five or six years ago a man set himself alight in the park.