Young Girl Killed; Homicide Investigation Underway

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 5/14/2012 6:52 pm
Chattanooga Police investigate the death of a young girl Monday night.

She was found on the porch of home on 12th Avenue.

Police are not releasing many details at the moment, like the cause of death.

However, they say neighbors can rest easy because they believe they got the teenager responsible for her death.

Scovia Covington, a neighbor, says, "Normally, there would be a lot of people outside, but it's going to be a quiet day in the neighborhood today."

Quiet and colorless, Covington, says of his neighborhood, hours after coming home to crime scene tape littered everywhere.

Covington adds, "Tape blocking off this half of the street, tape blocking off that half of the street."

He then quickly noticed what the commotion was all about; he saw it with his own two eyes.

Covington adds, "I noticed there was a body on the porch. She was just sitting there in the chair with her head back."

Little did Covington know that what he was looking at was a homicide.

Police say she was killed at the hands of this man, Carlos Juan Harrison, 18.

They arrested him less than 24 hours after the girl was found.

Angelia Worley, works nearby, and says, "That's hard to believe that somebody would just leave somebody on the porch."

We know the victim is a black juvenile, but nothing else is being released about her at this time.

The suspect on the other hand, well, we found out he already has a criminal past.

Just last November he was charged with evading arrest, aggravated burglary, and two counts of theft.

Covington adds, "Kinda shocks me a little bit."

Shocked, sad, and scared, neighbors say.

Covington adds, "It wasn't too pretty. It was an ugly sight."

And it is sight neighbors tell us they just cannot shake.

They did not see gun shot wounds, but say whatever the cause of death, they just feel for the family.

Worley adds, "I feel real bad for the family, and I'm sorry for their loss. That has to be a hard loss especially to the parents."

Now, neighbors tell us they do not think the victim lived at the residence where she was found, but police could not confirm or deny that.

Homeowners were not there when we stopped on two separate occassions.
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