14-Year-Old Smithfield Shooting Victim Moved To Neuro Trauma Unit

Mar 7, 2017

The family of a 14-year-old girl who police say was shot in the head and left in a ditch released a statement Tuesday saying Deserae Turner has been moved to a Neuro Trauma Unit.

Cache County employee Jill Parker sent out the update for the Turner family, asking for community members to continue praying for her, the family and other families associated with the tragedy.

Two 16-year-old boys have been charged with aggravated murder, robbery and other counts.

Authorities say they lured Deserae to the ditch in the Northern Utah town of Smithfield by promising to sell her a knife.

Turner was in a medically induced coma for several days. Parker says she is making progress since the February 16 shooting, but will be undergoing at least one more surgery and extensive rehabilitation.

The Associated Press is not naming the boys because they are juveniles.