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Uncle charged with toddler murder
Casey Mullen with her mother, picture Ross Parry
Neighbours said Casey Mullen was known as "Smiley"
The uncle of a two-year-old girl found dead in her bedroom at home in Leeds has been charged with her rape and murder.

Casey Mullen was found dead at home in Oak Tree Crescent, Gipton, Leeds, on Sunday, following a disturbance outside the house.

Her uncle, Michael Patrick Mullen, 21, will appear at Leeds Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.

A post-mortem examination showed Casey died from "compression to the neck".

On Tuesday afternoon, magistrates granted police an extra 36 hours to question Mr Mullen, who was arrested on Sunday.

Two other men aged 19 and 20, who had been arrested in connection with the inquiry, have been released without charge.


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