Teenage girl posts 'love you' after allegedly killing mom

Pablo Tucker
July 14, 2017

Helm has not yet been formally charged.

As SaukValley reports, both girls appeared in Whiteside County court this afternoon. The Morrison teen had her initial appearance, and both have a pretrial hearing August 8, which also will serve as the Rock Falls teen's initial appearance. People reported that the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the arrest, and that both juveniles are being held at a juvenile detention center in IL.

Anna Schroeder, 15, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for shooting her mother Peggy Schroeder in the head last Thursday.

Initially Rachel didn't believe her friend so Anna texted her a photo of her mother's body.

Rachel, who lives in nearby Rock Falls, got a ride to the Schroeder house from her own mother later that night.

Anna Schroeder, 15 shot her mother with a.38 revolver before texting her friend Rachel Helm, also 15 to confess
Anna Schroeder, 15 shot her mother with a.38 revolver before texting her friend Rachel Helm, also 15 to confess

The next morning, the juveniles awoke and moved Peggy's body from the living room to her bedroom, a sheriff's detective claimed in court, the site reports. They tried to hide the body under the carpet. The teen also learned her father, who was divorced from Schroeder, was coming to Morrison.

Schroeder says although her mother adopted her and her sister at a very young age, she welcomed and loved everyone with open arms.

The girls then went to buy more cleaning supplies, he said.

The girls then apparently decided they should flee, and dyed their hair different colors before setting fire to the house.

In turn, her friend urged her to put fire at her home so as to erase any evidence that would incriminate her.

Rachel allegedly had her mother drop her off at Anna's house, where the girls spent the next two days trying to cover up the crime.

Later Saturday neighbors reported smelling burned plastic.

However, the fire was quickly extinguished after an off-duty firefighter kicked down the door.

Rachel, overcome with guilt, told her mother what they had done.

Schroeder's daughter was later taken for questioning after being found at her father's home in Walnut, Illinois, about 35 miles away, according to SaukValley.com. "I love you so much mom I just want you to know and I'll never forget you". There were so many things I wanted to say and do with you. I'm sorry I was not the best daughter ...

Her post included two heart icons, according to the site.

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 done, but the official cause of death will not be released until the pathologist's report is complete, which could take several weeks, said Sterling Police Chief Tim Morgan, who was the deputy coroner who responded to the scene.

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