A 13-year-old girl used Mother's Day to seek forgiveness, promise to behave and reassure her mom that she loved her. The handwritten card she gave her mother stood in stark contrast to what police said she did two weeks later.
The girl and two young friends were locked up in juvenile hall on charges of trying to murder the mother as she lay in bed.
"I don't know what to say. I just can't believe it," the mother told the Los Angeles Times in an interview Wednesday at her tiny mobile home.
Law enforcement officials now suspect the teens – two girls and a boy – had tried to kill the mother in three different ways, possibly because she was strict with a curfew and critical of the girl's friends.
"It was just because of problems at home," sheriff's Deputy Osvaldo Pelayes said.
The mother did not seek medical attention after the other attacks, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Susan Rose, who declined to elaborate.