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Nine-year-old midstate reporter defends homicide coverage

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 6, 2016 3:27 AM
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In this September 2015, photo provided by Matthew Lysiak, Hilde Kate Lysiak poses for a photo at her home in Selinsgrove, Pa. Lysiak, a 9-year-old reporter, recently wrote about a suspected murder and is defending herself after some lashed out about a young girl covering violent crime. (Isabel Rose Lysiak via AP)

(Selinsgrove) -- A nine-year-old reporter who wrote about a suspected murder in her Snyder County community is defending herself after some locals lashed out about a young girl covering violent crimes.  

Hilde Kate Lysiak says she got a tip Saturday afternoon about something untoward happening on Ninth Street in Selinsgrove.

She went to the scene to get the details and posted a story and video clip on her website "Orange Street News'' later that day. 

Soon after, her Facebook page and YouTube channel were clogged with negative comments urging her to "play with dolls'' and questioning her parents' judgment in letting her do such work. 

Hilde says just because she's nine doesn't mean she can't be a reporter.  

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