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Hesperia middle school students arrested in alleged murder plot [Updated]

Three Hesperia middle school students were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of plotting to kill the mother of one of the students, authorities said.

The mother called the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday morning to report that she had been attacked inside her home in the 8500 block of C Avenue and that her 13-year-old daughter was missing.

Dets. Joseph Necochea and Paul Bader concluded that the woman's daughter was involved in the alleged murder plot with two other juveniles, identified only as a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, according to Susan Rose, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s Hesperia station.

The three teenagers “conspired, formulated a plan and attempted to kill” the mother, Rose said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

The Daily Press in Victorville reported the three teenagers attend  Ranchero Middle School in Hesperia. No motive was disclosed, although the woman's daughter apparently was upset about some rules her mother imposed, the paper reported.

Sheriff’s officials later located the three teenagers and took them into custody. No details were released on how they were found.

The three teenagers were booked on suspicion of attempted murder, burglary and conspiracy and are being detained at the Apple Valley Juvenile Detention Facility in the High Desert.

[Updated, 7:26 p.m.: The mother was apparently in bed when she was attacked in the early morning hours, Rose said. She said there were "three different means of attack" but didn’t elaborate because the incident remains under investigation.

The mother was injured but did not require medical treatment, Rose said.

"We don’t really know the motive, but we don’t believe there was any criminal element -- no allegations of abuse in the home," Rose said, adding that it appeared to be related to rules imposed on the teenager. "We just believe it was more in line with curfew and friends.]

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-- Phil Willon in Riverside

 

 
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