Officials say 6-year-old Wash. girl died of blunt-force trauma

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - Prosecutors expect to charge a 17-year-old boy as an adult in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Washington state girl.

Prosecutors in Kitsap County on Monday identified the teen as Gabriel Gaeta. They say in court documents that they have probable cause to charge him with first-degree murder and first-degree rape of a child.

The teen was to appear Monday afternoon in Kitsap County Superior Court.

Court records say Jenise (juh-NEES') Wright died of blunt-force trauma to the head, and there was evidence she was strangled.

Authorities say state crime lab matched Gaeta's DNA to evidence found at the scene. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

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