A mother whose 13-year-old daughter allegedly tried to murder her with two school friends has told how she feared she was pregnant or on drugs.
Angelica Aquirre and her husband decided to impose a curfew on their daughter – who has not been named – after weeks of rebellious behaviour.
Police believe she was upset about the house rules and allegedly hatched a plot to murder her mother with two 14-year-old friends from Ranchero Middle School.
Mrs Aquirre called police on Tuesday saying her daughter was missing and told them she had been asleep when two attackers burst into her trailer in Hesperia, California, and started beating her.
Yesterday, a 13-year-old girl and her two 14-year-old friends were arrested on attempted murder charges and are currently in High Desert Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center in San Bernardino, Apple Valley.
Mrs Aquirre, who was not seriously hurt in the attack, told the L.A. Times that her relationship with her daughter deteriorated about a month ago and she called police fearing she was using drugs.
Her daughter denied it and ran away but later returned.
Mrs Aquirre said she was also concerned her daughter wasn’t eating and feared she was pregnant, which she also denied.
It was then that she and her husband decided to impose the curfew and told her the family might move closer to their native Mexico.
Mrs Acquirre told the newspaper: ‘I don’t know what to say. I just can’t believe it.’
She added: ‘I don’t want to be here anymore.’
Susan Rose, a spokesman for the sheriff’s Hesperia station, said: ‘We don’t really know the motive. We just believe it was more in line with the curfew and friends.’
Mrs Rose added: ‘The daughter and her friends – one male, one female – tried a few methods to try to kill the victim.’
The victim initially reported her daughter was kidnapped, but investigators determined it was part of a conspiracy among the teens.
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