A man is in custody after a young girl was found dead in a horrifying domestic-related incident.
About 5.45am today police were called to a home on Redgum Circuit, Aberglasslyn in the Hunter Valley, where they found a 12-year-old girl deceased.
A crime scene was established and detectives from Central Hunter Local Area Command commenced an investigation.
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Following a search, about 7.55am today, police took a 31-year-old man into custody at Racecourse Road, Rutherford. He was taken to Maitland Police Station where he is assisting with inquiries.
The incident is believed to be domestic-related.
Police continue to conduct inquiries into the incident and are speaking to witnesses.