Boy, 16, charged with murder after 14-year-old girl found dead in park

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder after the body of Viktorija Sokolova was found in a park.

The 14-year-old's body was discovered in Wolverhampton's West Park just before 7am on Thursday.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a blunt force trauma to the head, West Midlands Police said.

Police at the scene after Viktorija's body was found(PA)
Police at the scene after Viktorija's body was found(PA)

Viktorija's family paid tribute to the teenager, saying she was "was like a little angel" and "she made our lives so colourful and full of meaning".

They added: "We can't believe she has left us at such a young age. We will never forget you our sweetheart.

"You will be living in our hearts, soul and mind forever. Goodbye our little angel."

#MURDER A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of Viktorija Sokolova. A 17-year-old boy who was arrested alongside him has been bailed pending further investigation. West Park remains closed: https://t.co/jnVjdzNIF1pic.twitter.com/GnLkGoVF3E

-- West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) April 15, 2018

The teenager from Wolverhampton who is accused of killing Viktorija is due to appear at Dudley Magistrates' Court on Monday.

A second teenage boy, aged 17, who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed pending further investigation.

West Park remains closed while a comprehensive forensic examination continues.

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