17-Year-Old Held in Murder, Assault of Wash. Girl, 6

Unnamed boy lived in Jenise Wright's neighborhood
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2014 11:57 AM CDT
Investigators work at the home of Jenise Wright in the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park in East Bremerton, Wash., on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/Seattle Times, Mark Harrison)
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(Newser) – A week after 6-year-old Washington state girl Jenise Wright went missing, authorities have charged a 17-year-old male who lived in her neighborhood with her murder and sexual assault, reports the Seattle Times. The teenager isn't yet being named, but faces charges including second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and child rape. "There's a lot of grief," says a sheriff's spokesman. The suspect was identified via forensic evidence, and as KOMO notes, dozens of residents of the trailer park in which Jenise lived voluntarily submitted DNA samples. She was found dead in a nearby wooded area earlier this week.

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