Police said Thursday that 23-year-old Cole Herring has been charged with murder, arson and abuse of a corpse in the death of Sabriya McLean.
Homicide Capt. Jack Ryan says Herring attempted to conceal the murder by burning the Delaware girl's body and burying it under a pile of leaves.
Her body was found Tuesday behind a building in west Philadelphia.
Ryan says Herring's parents had a role in reporting the killing to authorities. The motive is not yet known.
A message left with the public defender's office listed as representing Herring was not immediately returned.
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