The city's youngest slaying suspect -- a 9-year-old girl -- was ordered held Tuesday by a Family Court judge until Thursday, when she is scheduled to face manslaughter charges in the fatal stabbing of her 11-year-old friend with a steak knife after they argued over a ball.

At a brief hearing, the girl's eyes welled with tears as her mother hugged her and began weeping.

The mother left the courthouse without speaking to reporters. Defense attorney Nicole Barnum called it a tragedy for both families.

Police said the girl confessed shortly after the Memorial Day stabbing. They also said they cannot remember a younger suspect being arrested in the city over a killing.

The girl and the victim, Queen Washington, were described as close friends.

Queen's grieving family members said the fifth-grader was a straight-A student who loved books, dancing and playing double-Dutch jump rope.

Relatives said Queen was invited to the younger girl's home in the East New York section for a Memorial Day barbecue. The girls were playing together when the young girl's mother left the apartment to borrow something from a neighbor and the stabbing occurred.

A friend of the 9-year-old's family who was at court to support the mother denied reports that the girl has a troubled past.