Authorities arrested a Florida teenager for allegedly stealing money from her parents and then using it to try to pay someone to kill them.
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According to an arrest affidavit from the Lake County Sheriff's Office, the 17-year-old girl used her parents' debit card to make two withdrawals from their bank account: "one for $503.00 and one for $926.40, later identified as money given to two different individuals to kill her parents."
Detective David Causey testified in the affidavit that the girl confessed her plan to her boyfriend "in the early morning of 9/9/19 at a known drug house." When Causey spoke with the teen at her home that day, she reportedly confessed to stealing the debit card and using $100 of the stolen money to buy cocaine and giving $400 to a friend in the hopes that they would help her find someone "to kill her parents."
When this initial plan failed to pan out, she allegedly gave $900 to someone else in order to have them kill her parents. Two witnesses, including the friend who got the $400, testified that they knew the girl wanted to have her parents murdered.
According to the New York Post, the teen posted a photo Monday on Instagram of herself smiling, along with the caption "Ruthless."
According to police, WKMG-TV reported, her mother had found the stolen debit card in the girl's room along with a note detailing some account information.
Police arrested the teenager Monday evening in Umatilla, Florida, and "turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice," according to a statement made by the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Investigators were trying to figure out a motive, an officer with the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.
She was charged with two counts of criminal solicitation for murder. Her parents told police that they intended to prosecute.