April Lyda holds Zander Lyda

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

The mother of a 12-year-old Oklahoma girl who admittedly stabbed her 9-year-old brother to death is standing by her daughter.

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

“She has been very well behaved the entire six months she has been gone and yes I’m very supportive of her and love her very much, obviously there is a lot of healing that we both need before we can ever live together again and she needs mental and emotional help after this, she could have permanent damage we don’t know yet, but she has not had any issues,” April Lyda wrote.

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