Local mom speaks out after daughter charged with planning her death

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — A local mother is speaking out after her daughter admitted to plotting her death.

Zoe Bryan, 16, pleaded guilty in a plot with her then-boyfriend to kill their parents. She also admitted to burning down her home back in January of 2017.

Bryan’s mom, Jennifer DuBerry, was at her daughter’s bond hearing on Thursday in McCracken County Circuit Court, asking the judge to reduce her daughter’s bond from $20,000 to $1,000. The judge denied the request, saying Bryan is a danger to the community.

DuBerry says she encouraged her daughter to tell detectives the truth, so she could get the help she needed. Instead, DuBerry says officers put her daughter in handcuffs and charged her as an adult.

DuBerry says there’s a bigger issue here that started when Bryan was in elementary school.

“My kid went from rainbows and watching PBS Kids to being severely bullied,” says DuBerry.

Bryan switched schools, but her mother says the bullying continued.

“They call her psycho,” says DuBerry. “They call her killer, so she just started playing the part. She started dressing like it. She was like, ‘Why mom? Why should I bother? It’s what I am to them anyway.'”

DuBerry says her daughter started having hallucinations and was put on medication. That’s the same medication detectives say Bryan was planning to use to kill her parents.

“I said, ‘Did you really want to kill me? I mean really?” Because at first, how do you know? I asked her ‘Why? What happened? Why have you not been honest with me this whole time?’ And she told me she was terrified this boy was going to sneak into our windows, and that she had to prove to him that she had it under control,” says DuBerry.

DuBerry is talking about Kyle Parrish, her daughter’s ex-boyfriend. Parrish was sentenced to 10 years in prison after entering a guilty plea on conspiracy to commit first degree murder.

“I don’t understand why my child is behind bars.” DuBerry says. She says her daughter needs to be in a place where she can get one-on-one treatment for her mental health, “I think that she needs more than what our overrun facility can offer her.”

Bryan faces up to 15 years in prison for second degree arson and conspiracy to commit first degree manslaughter. She will be sentenced on April 11.

“Where do I go from here? I don’t know,” says DuBerry. “I pray, because that’s all I got.”

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