Girl, 10, found dead in her room in German children’s home as boy, 11, becomes suspect in police probe

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A TEN-year-old girl was found dead in her room at a children’s home in Germany as police are investigating the involvement of an 11-year-old boy.

The girl tragically died at a child and youth welfare facility in Wunsiedel, in the Bavaria region.

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PAMinister of State for Family Affairs, Labor and Social Affairs Ulrike Scharf at the child and youth welfare center[/caption]

Evidence collected at the crime scene “indicates the involvement of an 11-year-old boy” staying at the same facility, local police and prosecutors said in a joint statement.

“Since the 11-year-old boy is below the age of criminal responsibility, he has been placed in a secure facility as a preventive measure.”

Police and prosecutors declined to give further details on the Wunsiedel case but said the boy had not yet been questioned.

They added that they were coordinating closely with local youth authorities.

Bavaria’s regional interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, praised the investigators for identifying a suspect “in a relatively short amount of time”.

“What’s important now is to clarify the exact circumstances of this tragedy,” he said.

The child and youth welfare centre in the small town of Wunsiedel, home to around 90 children and teenagers, said it was “deeply shocked” by the girl’s death.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the parents, the family, our children and our colleagues,” it said in a statement.

On its website, the institute describes itself as supporting “young people and their families who need help with their upbringing.”

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