BITHLO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Two people are in jail after a teen was shot in the head.
Deputies say that 39-year-old Anita Rios went looking for her 14-year old-daughter after she didn’t come home from school. Rios told investigators she was concerned because the girl was spending time with a 17-year-old boy who allegedly carried guns.
Investigators say that Rios was with a guy named Pedro Mendez Santiago when they found her daughter. The couple says that a woman came out with a knife and a man had a gun and started firing at them. Rios and Mendez Santiago says that they fired warning shots into the air as they left with the girl. This is when the teen boy was struck, but they told investigators they didn’t realize anyone was hit.
After driving off, deputies later spotted the suspect's vehicle and held them at gunpoint until backup arrived.
Both Rios and Mendez Santiago are now facing serious charges, including aggravated assault for a firearm.
Rios sobbed in court as she appeared before a judge. The judge asked her "Do you want me to recall your case later?”
Rios responded “No, it’s just that my girl’s right there and I’m shocked that they see me here. I feel embarrassed. But that’s okay. I’m sorry."
The teen was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in stable condition. His family told me off camera that he will be going into surgery.