Authorities in Texas have arrested a 13-year-old girl on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 14-year-old girl earlier this week.
According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the unidentified suspect was order to remain in custody pending a trial after an appearance in Tarrant County juvenile court on Thursday.
The incident occurred early Tuesday morning in a south Fort Worth community, as reported by Fox News.
Shortly after authorities arrived on the scene in response to the disturbance, the young victim, Nylah Ligthtfoot, was reportedly transported to John Peter Smith Hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The suspect and victim had a verbal altercation shortly before the slashing that left Lightfoot with fatal stab wounds to her neck and chest, police reports claim.
Additional details were scarce in initial media reports, primarily due to the suspect’s young age. A woman who identified herself as the suspect’s mother, but not by name, to reporters said only that the “truth will come out” as she exited the courtroom this week.
The victim’s mother was also at the hearing and described Lightfoot and the suspect as occasional friends. What became a fatal argument arose from a disagreement over sleepover arrangements, she said.
Anntoinette Carter claimed that there was an adult inside the home who did nothing to intervene as the stabbing occurred.
She said her “heart feels like it’s just been ripped out and stomped on.”
Lightfoot’s family has established an online fundraiser in an effort to cover funeral expenses. Donations may be made by clicking here.
[Featured image: Nylah Lightfoot/GoFundMe]