PHOENIX - A girl is behind bars possibly connected to the death of a Glendale man, according to police. However, the mother of the girl says the entire incident was an accident.
Glendale officers responded to an apartment complex near 63rd and Olive Avenues Saturday night after receiving reports of an injured man, said Ted Yoder, detective with the Glendale Police Department.
Yoder said a man in his 40s was found dead inside an apartment with "multiple injuries." A juvenile female was arrested and booked for second-degree murder, he said.
ABC15 on Monday spoke with the girl's mother, who didn't want to be identified. She says her daughter suffers from schizophrenia and autism. She also says her daughter would never intentionally hurt anybody.
The mother tells ABC15 that she was in the parking lot of the apartment complex when she received a phone call from her daughter saying that the victim had been hurt.
The victim is a "close friend" of her daughter, the mother said. Her daughter is "really confused and doesn't understand what happened," she said.
Neighbor Gerri Weldon was coming home from a walk Saturday night when she saw the commotion in the parking lot.
"I saw four police cars and a bunch of people standing around and then I saw the stretcher," Weldon said. "I was really mortified, I didn't even know the guy and it just hurts my heart."
Weldon says the teen's mother tried to help the victim but he died before paramedics arrived. She says the people who live in the same building are doing their best to rally around the mother and support her while her daughter is in jail.
Yoder said the girl was not injured and that no other suspects are believed to be involved.
Authorities have not released the identity of the victim pending notification of the family. The girl's name will not be released because of her age. T
he investigation is ongoing, said police.