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13-Year-Old And Mother Charged With Killing 15-Year-Old

| by Michael Doherty
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A 13-year-old girl and her mother have been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old girl in Chicago, after prosecutors say the mother handed her daughter a knife during a confrontation between the two girls.

The 13-year-old and her mother, Tamika Gayden, 35, have been charged with the murder of 15-year-old De'Kayla Dansberry, a student who ran track at Johnson College Prep. The 13-year-old allegedly stabbed De'Kayla during a large group fight in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood of Chicago on May 14, the Chicago Tribune reports. Gayden is said to have given her daughter the knife used to stab De'Kayla.

Two witnesses said they were with the 13-year-old in her apartment after the stabbing. "I killed her, I killed her," the girl is alleged to have said in a panic while trying to wash De'Kayla's blood off of the knife. Another witness identified the girl in a video of the fight.

"The evidence is overwhelming," said Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Christine Hake, during a juvenile court appearance for the girl.

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De'Kayla's parents, Julian Glanton and Sheila Dansberry, said they didn't know what the fight was about.

"I'm sure it was probably just children, like kid stuff," said Glanton, according to Fox News. "But it shouldn't have escalated to where someone was stabbed or anything like that."

"A 13-year-old girl. I don't know what to say," said Sheila. "It's just devastating. A baby too. But the parent was supposed to [have] handed her the knife, so she's locked up, too, and that's good."

A memorial was held for De'Kayla on May 15, where friends said that she was a friendly, outgoing track star. De'Kayla also had a 3.7 GPA, according to her father. Sheila said her daughter was planning to go to a state track meet.

"The last thing she said to me was, 'Mom, you need to get everything ready, get my clothes ready [because] I'm going downstate,'" she said.

Juvenile Court Judge Cynthia Ramirez ordered that the 13-year-old be held until her hearing on June 7. Gayden is expected to appear in court on May 18.

Source: Fox News, Chicago Tribune / Photo credit: Chicago Police Department via Chicago Tribune

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