Hesperia students attacked mother in dispute over rules, officials say
A 13-year-old Hesperia middle school student apparently plotted with two 14-year-old friends to kill her mother because of the rules the girl faced, officials said.
Officials said the mother called the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department early Tuesday morning to report that she had been attacked in 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.
"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 told The Times, adding that the incident appeared to be related to rules imposed on the teenager. "We just believe it was more in line with curfew and friends."
The three teenagers "conspired, formulated a plan and attempted to kill" the mother, Rose said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
Sheriff's Department officials arrested the teenagers on suspicion of attempted murder, burglary and conspiracy. They are being detained at the Apple Valley Juvenile Detention Facility in the high desert.
The mother was injured but did not require medical treatment, Rose said. She said there were "three different means of attack" but didn't elaborate because the incident remains under investigation.
-- Phil Willon in Riverside