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

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Officials say 6-year-old Wash. girl died of blunt-force trauma
This undated photo provided by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office shows Jenise Paulette Wright. Kitsap County sheriff's deputies are searching for Jenise, 6, who is missing and was last seen Saturday night, Aug. 2, 2014, at her home in east Bremerton, Wash. Jenise is 3 feet tall, weighs 45 pounds and has black hair. She'll be a first-grader this coming school year. (AP Photo/Kitsap County Sheriff's Office)

This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Jenise Paulette Wright. More than 100 officers from 10 law enforcement agencies are involved in the search for 6-year-old Jenise, who disappeared from her Washington state home over the weekend, sheriff's officials said Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/FBI)

This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Jenise Paulette Wright. More than 100 officers from 10 law enforcement agencies are involved in the search for 6-year-old Jenise, who disappeared from her Washington state home over the weekend, sheriff's officials said Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/FBI)
This undated photo provided by the FBI shows a missing person poster for Jenise Paulette Wright. More than 100 officers from 10 law enforcement agencies are involved in the search for 6-year-old Jenise, who disappeared from her Washington state home over the weekend, sheriff's officials said Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/FBI)
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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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