CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A 14-year-old girl stole her mother's life savings--nearly $10,000 in cash--and with her friends spent all but $700 before being arrested, police said today.
The girl, whose name was not released, was charged Thursday with grand larceny, according to Detective Mumzell Pope-Dockery.
She said the girl's spree included giving $500 to a person who gave her a ride to a shopping center and spending between $2,000 and $3,000 on drugs at a housing project.
Much of the money went to other youngsters who learned about the girl's financial windfall and demanded a cut to keep it a secret, Pope-Dockery said.
Money Was Hidden
The girl found the money hidden in her mother's house, police said. The woman told authorities she had scrimped and even sold her car in order to save the money.