Mother describes son as protective of his little sister

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Associated Press

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Valley Springs, California, remain tight-lipped about this weekend's arrest of a 12-year-old boy in connection with last month's stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister inside their home.

But, some area residents are expressing shock that the older brother, who'd claimed he saw an intruder in the house, is the suspect in Leila (LAY'-lah) Fowler's killing.

The children's biological mother, Priscilla Rodriquez was interviewed a day before Saturday's arrest. She said her son would never hurt his sister, and described him as "protective" of the little girl. The children lived with their father, stepmother and other siblings.

Police had said there was no sign of a burglary at the home. The killing shook the quiet community southeast of Sacramento, and set off an intense manhunt.

The Calaveras Unified School District says counselors will be available at schools Monday to help classmates cope with the news.

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202-a-07-(Priscilla Rodriquez, biological mother of 8-year-old stabbing victim Leila (LAY'-lah) Fowler and Fowler's 12-year-old brother now charged in the killing, in interview conducted Friday, May 10th, 2013, prior to the boy's arrest)-"I don't know"-Priscilla Rodriquez, who is the biological mother of Leila Fowler, says her 12-year-old son always watched out for the little girl. COURTESY: KOVR TV ((mandatory on-air-credit)) ((interview conducted before her son was charged with his sister's death)) (12 May 2013)

<<CUT *202 (05/12/13)>> 00:07 "I don't know"

203-a-07-(Priscilla Rodriquez, biological mother of 8-year-old stabbing victim Leila (LAY'-lah) Fowler and Fowler's 12-year-old brother now charged in the killing, in interview conducted Friday, May 10th, 2013, prior to the boy's arrest)-"in her room"-Priscilla Rodriquez, who is the biological mother of Leila Fowler, says the little girl's stabbing death makes no sense. COURTESY: KOVR TV ((mandatory on-air-credit)) ((interview conducted before her son was charged with his sister's death)) (12 May 2013)

<<CUT *203 (05/12/13)>> 00:07 "in her room"

204-a-02-(Priscilla Rodriquez, biological mother of 8-year-old stabbing victim Leila (LAY'-lah) Fowler and Fowler's 12-year-old brother now charged in the killing, in interview conducted Friday, May 10th, 2013, prior to the boy's arrest)-"bury their child"-Priscilla Rodriquez, who is the biological mother of the victim and her 12-year-old brother, says she's grief-stricken over her daughter's death. COURTESY: KOVR TV ((mandatory on-air-credit)) (12 May 2013)

<<CUT *204 (05/12/13)>> 00:02 "bury their child"

GRAPHICSBANK: Calaveras County Sheriff's deputies and volunteers stand watch at Jenny Lind Elementary School, after the murder of first grader Leila Fowler, Valley Springs, California, partial graphic (30 Apr 2013)

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