A NINE-year-old girl has been charged after allegedly beating her four-year-old brother to death with a broomstick in a horrific campaign of abuse.
The girl, who has not been named by cops, was arrested for assault after officers found the young lad unresponsive and covered in bruises at a house in Mobile, Alabama.
Paramedics rushed to the scene, but the four-year-old was pronounced dead.
Police arrested the tot's aunt and caregiver Yolanda Coale, and the 53-year-old has been charged with aggravated child abuse.
But the boy's older sister is now facing a first-degree assault charge after allegedly using a broomstick to beat him to death, court documents show.
Coale allegedly called cops on February 3 after being woken up by the sound of screaming.
She told officers she found the girl attacking her younger brother.
The complaint claims the girl "did willfully torture, willfully abuse and cruelly beat" her brother, NBC reports.
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However, no one has been charged with the boy's death.
Court documents also reveal the boy had injuries that indicated long-term abuse.
But it's unclear how those injuries were sustained.
Coale's bail was set at $150,000 after she appeared in court on Wednesday, where she pleaded not guilty to aggravated child abuse charges.
According to court documents, she did not have an attorney who could speak on her behalf.
After the hearing, Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Louis Walker told the Mail: "She was the legal guardian of the child.
"During the course of the investigation, Mobile police found evidence of abuse for this child, and then he was found deceased."
If bailed, Coale has been ordered not to have any contact with children and would be electronically monitored.
It's unclear whether the boy's sister is being looked after by another relative or being held in state care.
An autopsy is due to determine the cause of the tot's death.
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