13-Year-Old Girl Killed, Teen Brother Arrested

Ashley Wood was found dead in a bedroom at home
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2016 5:02 PM CDT
13-Year-Old Girl Killed, Teen Brother Arrested

A 13-year-old girl was found dead in her California home Tuesday, and her 14-year-old brother has been arrested on suspicion of her murder, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the Sacramento Bee, the body of Ashley Wood was found by her mother in a bedroom in their home in Rocklin. A neighbor called 911 after hearing Ashley's mother yell for help, FOX40 reports. Police arrived at the scene and tracked Ashley's brother to a field a mile away from the home. His name isn't being released because he's a minor. However if he's charged with murder, it could be as an adult. No motive has been identified. Ashley suffered blunt-force trauma, but police aren't offering more specifics. There were multiple crime scenes within the home.

Ashley's former coach said the girl was a talented gymnast. And Ashley once hoped to compete in the Olympics, CBS Sacramento reports. "They seemed like an average family to me," a neighbor tells FOX40. "They seemed pretty happy." The home where Ashley's body was found belongs to Jeff Wood, possibly the same Jeff Wood who is a prosecutor for the local district attorney's office. (Read more murder stories.)

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