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A 12-Year-Old Girl Charged With Murder In Melbourne’s West

A 12-year-old girl has been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of a 37-year-old woman at an apartment building on Barkly Street in Footscray, Melbourne’s west.

Emergency services were called to the Barkly Street building in Footscray, where they discovered the body of a 37-year-old woman inside the complex shortly before 2 am. 

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Homicide squad detectives arrived at the scene to initiate an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic event.

The young girl was arrested at the scene, and she was subsequently taken to the hospital for assessment under police guard on Thursday morning. 

On Thursday night, she was charged with one count of murder and scheduled to appear before a children’s court at a later date.

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Victoria Police, in an official statement, confirmed that homicide squad detectives are working to establish the relationship between the 12-year-old and the victim. 

Police say the nature of their connection remains a key aspect of the ongoing investigation.

The Barkly Street apartment building was cordoned off with police tape on Thursday, restricting access as forensic officers combed the scene for crucial evidence that could shed light on the motive behind the stabbing.

Authorities are urging anyone with information about the incident or individuals who may possess CCTV or dashcam footage of the area to come forward. They can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online.

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