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Hesperia teen, two friends tried to murder mom over burdensome house rules, police say

A map of Hesperia shows the 8500 block of C Avenue, lower right, and Ranchero Middle School.
A map of Hesperia shows the 8500 block of C Avenue, lower right, and Ranchero Middle School. Google Maps

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department says it has three Hesperia middle schoolers in custody over an alleged plot to kill the mother of one of the kids.

Their alleged motive: One of the students, a 13-year-old, didn’t like her mom’s strict curfew. Also, her mom was “critical” of her friends -- presumably the same ones who authorities say tried to murder the woman.

According to several news sources, the Sheriff’s Department received a call from the mother Tuesday morning that an attempt had just been made on her life. She said she was attacked in her home on the 8500 block of C Avenue, KTLA reported, but was not seriously injured.

A sheriff’s spokesperson said in a statement that the teens -- the 13-year-old daughter, a female 14-year-old friend and a male 14-year-old friend, all students at Ranchero Middle School -- “conspired, formulated a plan and attempted to kill” the mom yesterday morning using “three different means of attack.” Authorities did not give more specifics, citing the ongoing investigation.

The victim’s daughter was reported missing following the attack. Investigators quickly zeroed in on the daughter and her friends, and interviewed them before taking them into custody.

The three young suspects were taken to Apple Valley Juvenile Detention Facility and charged with attempted murder, conspiracy and burglary.

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