April Lyda says she loves and supports her daughter

April Lyda holds Zander Lyda, inset, against a body camera still from her 12-year-old daughter’s arrest in January 2023. (GoFundMe; Tulsa Police Department)

The mother of a 12-year-old Oklahoma girl who admitted stabbing her 9-year-old brother to death stands by her daughter.

April Lyda shared the news in a GoFundMe update posted on May 26, the same day Law&Crime released body camera footage of the immediate aftermath of Zander Lyda’s death – obtained from a request from Cases opened with the Tulsa Police Department.

“She’s been very well behaved in the six months she’s been away and yes I’m very supportive of her and love her very much, obviously there’s a lot of healing that we both need before we can live together again and she needs mental and emotional help after this, she may have permanent damage that we don’t know yet, but she had no issues,” April Lyda wrote.

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