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Girl charged in mom’s slaying to get mental review

STERLING — A western Illinois girl charged with murder in her mother’s slaying will get a psychological assessment to help determine whether she’ll be tried as an adult.

The body of 53-year-old Peggy S. Schroeder was found in a burning home July 8 in Morrison. Schroeder’s daughter was charged as a juvenile with two counts of first-degree murder, concealing a homicide and arson.

The teen allegedly shot her mother in the head and attempted to conceal the body by setting the house on fire.

Sauk Valley Media reports a Chicago psychiatrist hired by the defense is scheduled to interview the 15-year-old on Saturday. The evaluation should be ready for review in March.

Another girl is charged for allegedly helping conceal the killing.

–Associated Press

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