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A frightened girl was heard screaming "mummy" by witnesses on the night 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood was raped and murdered, a court has heard.
The jury were also told that a motorist and his partner saw a man with blood on the left-hand side of his face near to where her body was found.
Kayleigh's body was discovered three days after a witness says she was seen being pinned down by Stephen Beadman in Ibstock, Leicestershire.
Beadman, 29, has admitted charges of murder and rape while Luke Harlow has pleaded guilty to grooming Kayleigh online and two sexual offences.
Both deny falsely imprisoning her in the hours before her death.
Samuel Green and Amy Dearden said they heard a loud scream in the morning of 15 November.
Giving evidence on the third day of the trial, Mr Green, who lives near Ibstock's Sence Valley Forest Park, said he heard the calls after he went to bed shortly after midnight.
He said: "I was lying there. I can't be 100% sure how long I lay there and then all of a sudden I heard a loud scream, someone screaming 'mummy'.
"I thought it was me dreaming. Then I felt my partner grab my arm and say: 'Did you hear that?' As soon as she said that to me I knew that obviously it wasn't me."
He told the jury that he looked out of the window for around 10 minutes, but heard nothing else.
Ms Dearden said the call sounded so close that she thought someone was in the garden.
She said: "I heard a loud scream and it was someone screaming 'mummy'," adding: "It was definitely a female."
"It sounded like a young child. Sam opened the window and shouted but nobody replied," she said.
The jury earlier heard that a motorist and his partner had seen a man with blood on the left-hand side of his face, walking along the A447 near Ibstock on the morning of 15 November.
Prosecutors allege that the defendants held Kayleigh against her will in Harlow's home between 9pm on 14 November and 3am on 15 November.