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Illinois Teen Charged With First-Degree Murder for Death of Mother

Illinois Teen Charged With First-Degree Murder for Death of Mother

A spokesman for the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office in IL confirms that law enforcement has arrested the teenage daughter of Peggy Schroeder, who was deaf.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday but authorities said the official cause of death wouldn't be released until a pathologist's report is complete.

The Associated Press is not naming the girls because they are juveniles.

That's when they found Schroeder's body inside the home. If she is tried and convicted as a minor, she would be imprisoned until she turns 21.

"My client is a young child and needs to be viewed as the law views her, as a young child", Mertes said.

The girls were eventually arrested.

The teen, identified as Anna Schroeder, allegedly shot her 53-year-old mom, Peggy, in the head, killing her on the spot. The daughter met her in the living room and told her mother to put a towel over her face and suddenly fired gunshot in her forehead.

The next day, they are reported to have Peggy's body from the living room to the bedroom and covered her with a sheet before going out to buy more cleaning supplies.

The girls allegedly then spent the next two days trying to cover up the killing, according to local TV station KWQC. While there, Anna reportedly heard that her father was coming to Morrison. An off-duty Erie firefighter who was in the area broke down the door as Daryl Schroeder was driving up to the home.

The two girls had already parted ways.




Anna is said to have texted her friend Rachel Helm, also 15, to confess that she had killed her mother on Thursday, Sauk Valley News reported.

A friend of the girl, a 15-year-old from Rock Falls, is facing concealment of homicidal death and arson charges, and also is being charged as a juvenile.

Peggy's body was found Saturday afternoon in her burning home at 805 W. Park St.

At the moment, it's still not clear what motivated Anna Schroeder to allegedly kill her mother.

Facebook/Anna SchroederAnna Schroeder pictured on her Facebook page.

Chillingly, Anna posted a message to her mom on Peggy's Facebook page: "I don't even know if you can see me right now but if you can I just want you to know you were my best friend".

About 8:35 p.m. on Saturday, apparently before she was taken into custody, the teen posted to her mother's Facebook page, SaukValley.com reports.

Anna says in her Facebook bio, "I'm pretty nice if you need someone to talk to".

"I started crying I just couldn't believe it, because my mom was always very careful with candles and stuff", Kaylene Schroeder said. I wanted you to know that I love you and I will never forget you.

Her post included two heart icons, according to the site. She's kind of irrelevant to me right now.


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