HESPERIA • The 13-year-old girl arrested along with two friends for plotting to kill the middle school student's mother reportedly had a long history of violence and fighting, according to sources close to the case.


Jackie Salcido, a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy identified as Ricardo Saldaña — all Ranchero Middle School students — were booked for attempted murder, conspiracy and burglary Tuesday when San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station investigators learned of the teens' plan to murder the girl's mother. The identity of the second girl has not been confirmed.


According to a source close to the case who wished to remain anonymous, Salcido had been in trouble previously for fighting and bullying. That information was not immediately confirmed by Hesperia Unified School District officials, though Mark McKinney, superintendent of Hesperia Unified School District, said school officials are looking into the girl's disciplinary file.


Salcido's neighborhood and Ranchero Middle School, on its last day of school for the year, were both crowded Wednesday morning with news crews, sheriff's deputies and school officials looking into the case.


McKinney said they were shocked to learn of the incident and were cooperating with the Sheriff's Department.


Authorities received a call from the victim early Tuesday morning from the 8500 block of C Avenue. She reported she had been attacked in her bed by several people and her 13-year-old daughter had gone missing, according to Susan Rose, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station.


"They tried a few methods to try to kill the victim," Rose said, declining to go into further detail due to the ongoing investigation.


Rose said the victim was doing fine after the ordeal but wouldn't disclose the nature of her injuries. Rose only stated the mother didn't ask for medical treatment.


Deputy Joseph Necochea and Detective Paul Bader learned through an investigation the victim's daughter was not kidnapped, but had actually conspired with two of her Ranchero Middle School friends to murder the woman, according to sheriff's authorities.


Chris Stalinski, a neighbor of the Salcidos, recalls hearing very loud screaming in Spanish on Tuesday morning, though she didn't understand what was being said.


Stalinski ran outside and saw a person come out of the Salcido home. A second neighbor then called 911.


Deputies Mark Smoot and Osvaldo Pelayes assisted Necochea and Bader and located the three juveniles. Saldaña was pulled out of class Tuesday afternoon by investigators, McKinney confirmed.


After interviewing the three, they were arrested.


Sheriff's officials said there is no record of any sort of abuse at the home and friends of the victim stated she was a good mother who had little support when handling the 13-year-old.


There were reports the arrests sparked other altercations between students Wednesday including one at a bus stop where five alleged friends of Salcido threatened a young girl. Those reports have yet to be confirmed.


The three teens were booked into the High Desert Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center in Apple Valley.


The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Hesperia station at (760) 947-1500 or call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.


Hesperia Star photographer David Pardo contributed to this report. Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at (760) 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.