Mother shocked by teenage daughter’s alleged murder plot
The mother of a Hesperia middle school student accused of plotting to kill her said Wednesday she had cracked down on her 13-year-old daughter out of fear about a possible pregnancy and suspicions of drug use.
"I don’t know what to say. I just can believe it," said Angelica Aquirre, sitting beside the kitchen in her tiny mobile home.
Aquirre said she was attacked while she slept in her home Tuesday morning by two people she did not recognize. She was able to fend off the attackers and call the police, she said.
A few days before, Aquirre said, she had told her daughter the family would be moving back to Mexico, due to her concerns about her daughter's behavior and welfare.
Her daughter, who had denied using drugs or being pregnant, was very upset, her mother said.
At the time of the attack, Aquirre realized her 13-year-old daughter was missing and feared she had been kidnapped, she said. Only later did detectives with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department suspect that the daughter was involved in the attack, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Rose. They arrested her and two other minors.
Signs of the daughter’s rough relations with her mother were starkly evident in a hand-drawn Mother’s Day card the 13-year-old penned for Aquirre nearly two weeks ago:
"Mom, I know that we don’t get along well and I shout at you. Please forgive me for what I did to you, that I shout and tell you that I don't love you, but yes I love you," the card read. "I hope you can forgive me. I promise that I will behave well. Happy Mother's Day."
-- Phil Willon in Hesperia
Photo: A portion of the hand-drawn Mother’s Day card the 13-year-old penned for her mother, Angelica Aquirre, nearly two weeks ago. Credit: Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times