Lima police arrest man, 18, in death of 14-year-old girl

LIMA — Police arrested an 18-year-old Lima man in connection with the death of a 14-year-old girl earlier this week.

According to a press release from the Lima Police Department, officers arrested Malik Dennis, 18, on Thursday on a charge of suspicion of murder. He’s charged with killing Lauralye Sterling, 14, at her home.

At 2:24 a.m. Tuesday, officers were dispatched to a residence at 778 Greenlawn Ave. regarding a possible homicide. They found Sterling inside the residence, dead from a gunshot wound.

According to her obituary with Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, Sterling was a freshman at Lima Senior High School who enjoyed drawing and social media. Her funeral services are scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with visitation four hours prior.

Anyone with additional information about the incident should call the Lima Police Department at 419-227-4444, Det. Jesse Harrod at 419-221-5296, Det. Sean Neidemire at 419-221-5295 or Det. Sgt. Jason Garlock at 419-221-5291.