• This undated photo issued on Wednesday Jan. 11, 2017 by North Yorkshire Police shows the seven-year-old victim Katie Rough. (AAP)
A teenage girl has appeared in court in England charged with the murder of a seven-year-old girl.
12 Jan 2017 - 6:12 AM  UPDATED 12 Jan 2017 - 9:11 AM

A 15-year-old girl has appeared in court accused of murdering a seven-year-old girl in the northern English town of York, a case that has shocked the nation and drew expressions of sympathy in parliament.

The suspect, who cannot be named because she is a minor, is charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon, North Yorkshire Police said.

Police have named the victim as Katie Rough and released a picture of a smiling girl in a light blue school uniform dress, clapping her hands.

After an eight-minute appearance at York Magistrates Court during which she did not speak, the suspect was remanded in custody, local media reported.

Floral tributes near Alness Drive in the Woodthorpe area of York, after a teenager was remanded into secure accommodation after being charged

She is due to appear on Friday before Leeds Crown Court, which handles serious crimes.

Officers were called on Monday afternoon to an address in the Woodthorpe area of York, and said they found Katie with life-threatening injuries at a scene nearby.

She was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

Local media reported she was found on a path leading to a playing field, and published pictures of a wooded area with a white forensics tent and a police cordon.

Reports said flowers and cards had been placed near the field and television footage showed distraught residents crying at the scene.

In parliament, Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn expressed condolences to Katie's family.

May responded: "I join (Corbyn) in expressing condolences to the family and friends of little Katie who died so tragically."