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Autopsy: Sampson girl sexually assaulted before death

Posted November 5, 2013

McKenzie Sessoms (Source: Facebook/Justice for McKenzie Sessoms)

— An 11-year-old girl who was found dead in her Sampson County home in September was sexually assaulted and then suffocated, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.

McKenzie Mae Sessoms' father found her unresponsive when he tried to wake her for school on Sept. 6, a family member told WRAL News.

The autopsy report notes that she was found on a living room couch covered by a quilt, with her body wedged against a pillow. Her pants were rolled inward, and her bra was askew, the report states.

The fifth-grader at Salemburg Elementary School lived on Hairr Lane in Salemburg with her father and two adult brothers.

Her brothers had a "rowdy gathering" with friends the previous night, and her oldest brother went to bed around midnight, according to the autopsy report.

The report lists the cause of death as homicidal asphyxia.

The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating the case as a homicide since shortly after her death. Authorities said Tuesday that they have no suspects in the case.


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  • azinfandgal Nov 13, 2013

    Can't believe this story isn't getting more attention, either. I hope the guilty person is found and punished soon. This is so sad - and didn't have to happen.

  • CherryDarling Nov 7, 2013

    I agree with the below comments... this should be higher up on the news totem pole. Nice going as usual, WRAL.

  • nccountrygirl2 Nov 6, 2013

    I don't care who did it they should all be charged. The father included, since he neglected his child by letting her be in that kind of envirament. I also think whoever saw fit to give custody to her father, weather it was the state or not should be held accountable for her death. It looked like she was happy with her mama. No I don't know either parent or brothers, but I had meet her on several occasions. I know it is hard on both parents,but why would you let grown men,sons or not be around your little girl,when you know they have drug problems ? JS

  • CherryDarling Nov 6, 2013

    Horrific and heartbreaking aren't even "strong" enough words for this...

  • btneast Nov 6, 2013

    It sure is taking a LONG time for DNA to be processed, assuming all the known people (father, brothers, and "gathering" attendees" have been tested. This happened at the beginning of September!

    You have been watching too many crime dramas on TV, where they come back with DNA in a matter of days. In reality, DNA testing takes a long time, the backlog is huge. It takes specialized, expensive equipment that not every lab has. The backlog is full of equally horrendous crimes.

  • Granny Nov 6, 2013

    This is terrible...breaks my heart for that poor little girl!

  • LovemyPirates Nov 6, 2013

    Hatchcover - You're over reacting. They do suspect everyone who was in the house, they're just not saying it. They're interviewing everyone, including the brothers who were in the house, getting names and trying to narrow it down to subpoena DNA or trying to figure out how to get DNA from these people. Even when it's obvious, a case takes time to be built so that a charge will stick and a conviction can be made. There are no real 1 hour solved CSI cases in real life.

  • Civil4Mind Nov 6, 2013

    poor decision WRAL to not make this a main story. Many wondered what happen to this little girl. This is such a sad story and I hope that this doesnt go unsolved.

  • daisy Nov 6, 2013

    This young girl suffered because of the situation her family put her in. I hope the monster that did this is found and get what they deserve.

  • Hatchcover Nov 6, 2013

    "Authorities said Tuesday that they have no suspects in the case."

    Here's a clue. Suspect everyone that was in the house that night! Geezz...