A Florida teenager arrested this week on charges of attempting to have her parents killed was ordered on Sept. 11 to remain in custody.
Alyssa Michelle Hatcher, a 17-year-old student at Umatilla High School is accused of stealing nearly $1,400 from her parents’ bank account while trying to carry out her murder-for-hire plot, a police affidavit says.
Hatcher used $400 to pay a friend to have her parents killed, the affidavit says.
However, the friend she paid $400 did not carry out the act and reported the incident to a school resource officer at Tavares High School, stating she paid “a lot of money” to find someone to kill her parents, ClickOrlando reported.
After she failed the first plot, the 17-year-old paid another person to carry out the act.
“Since the act was never carried out she gave the other $900 to a black male to kill her parents,” stated the arrest affidavit.
Police identified the second person she tried to recruit, but his identity was not disclosed by police.
A Lake County judge ordered Hatcher to remain in custody during a detention hearing. The judge also appointed Hatcher a public defender. It was not immediately known who Hatcher’s public defender would be.
The girl’s boyfriend told investigators he had seen her at “a known drug house” where she told him she wanted to kill her parents, according to the affidavit.
When she was interviewed by an investigator at her home, Hatcher said that in addition to paying two people to kill her parents, she also used money she had stolen from her parents to buy cocaine, the affidavit says.
According to the report, she allegedly purchased about $100 in cocaine.
Hatcher has been charged as a juvenile with two counts of criminal solicitation for murder and one count of theft. She is scheduled to appear in a Lake County courtroom on Oct. 3.
Parents Ask Police to Press Charges Against the Teen
The mother of Hatcher told officials that she had noticed her debit card went missing before finding a piece of paper with bank information written down in her daughter’s room.
After her parents learned about the foiled plot, they asked the police to press charges against the teen.
“The parents did press charges,” Sgt. Fred Jones said. “When it comes to something like that I cannot imagine the shock you would be in as a parent knowing that this is my daughter … what my daughter intended to do.”
He also told WFTV that her parents are decent people.
“The parents are good people, outstanding citizens. This was just somebody, who for whatever reason, just didn’t want her parents around,“ Jones said.
The CNN Wire and Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.