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W. JORDAN TEEN CHARGED WITH MURDERING HER MOM

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A teenage girl who police say admitted to strangling her mother at their West Jordan home was charged Friday with murder, a first-degree felony.

Police say the girl reportedly used a bathrobe belt in the Tuesday slaying of Donna Kaddourah Shelton, 40, at 2169 W. 7420 South.The girl also faces tampering with evidence and felony flight charges, second- and third-degree felonies.

Detectives say the teen dumped her mother's body in a pond near the Jordan River Parkway and later tried to outrun police.

She was reportedly planning on fleeing to New Mexico.

The teen cannot be tried as an adult. State law requires a minor to be at least 14 before he or she is tried in the adult justice system. The girl, whose birthday was Friday, was 13 at the time of the slaying.

She will be arraigned Tuesday in 3rd District Juvenile Court.

If convicted of murder, the girl could be sentenced to a youth corrections center until her 21st birthday.

A note at the family's West Jordan home asked well-wishers and the media to give Henry Shelton time to grieve.

"Mr. Shelton is doing his best to deal with the trauma of this terrible situation," the note on the front door of the family's new home said.

Criminal charges were also filed Friday against two 14-year-old girls who reportedly helped the daughter dispose of Donna Shelton's body. Both girls were charged with obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony, and desecration or abuse of human remains, a third-degree felony.

They will not be charged as adults.

Both girls will be arraigned next week.