14-year-old boy charged with murder of 12-year-old Ava White
Ava White was killed last week.
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of 12-year-old Ava White.
Ava was killed in Liverpool city centre last week after suffering "catastrophic injuries" during an alleged assault.
Sky News reports that the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has also been charged with possession of a blade. He is due in court today.
Police confirmed last week that four teenage boys had been arrested in connection with the murder. The three other minors - aged between 13 and 15 - have been "conditionally bailed as extensive inquiries continue," they said.
Merseyside police added that it is "vitally important" nobody "posts comments or names on social media which could potentially impact upon us getting justice for Ava's family."
Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs asked the public to "trust us that we are doing all we can to investigate and update people on this tragic incident. We do not want anything to jeopardise this."
It is believed that 12-year-old Ava was fatally injured following a verbal altercation in the city centre, not long after the Christmas lights had been switched on.
Ava was found on the ground receiving first aid from a passerby when police arrived on the scene. She was then taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital where she later passed away.
Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy said last week: "Our thoughts and condolences go out to Ava's family, who are being supported by specialist family liaison officers.
"Their world has been torn apart and no parent should ever have to face that knock on the door from police officers to say that their child has died.
"We believe that Ava and her friends had been involved in a verbal argument which culminated in Ava being assaulted causing catastrophic injuries.
"And we understand that the offenders were then seen to run up School Lane across Hanover Street and on to Fleet Street.
"We have arrested four males aged, one aged 13 years, two aged 14 years and one aged 15 from Toxteth, on suspicion of murder and they are currently being interviewed at police stations on Merseyside."