Girl who was shot, left for dead in ditch, prepares to leave hospital

Girl who was shot, left for dead in Cache County ditch prepares to leave hospital. (Photo: Matt Michela / KUTV)

(KUTV) – A Cache County teen who was shot in the head and left in a Smithfield ditch is home after a two-month stay at Primary Children’s Hospital, according to her family.

Deserae Turner, 14, and her father addressed the media at a press conference at the hospital at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

“I am so thankful to be here today, to be alive,” Deserae Turner said. “I have been working really hard and still have a lot of work to do, I told my dad my dad I am tougher than a bullet.”

Turner was at the hospital since she was found with a gunshot wound to the head in the early-morning hours of February 18.

Smithfield Police say she met the two 16-year-old boys at the canal after leaving her school. Charging documents allege the boys planned to rob Turner and kill her.

The day after she was found, police arrested the boys and charged them with attempted murder.

Court documents state that both of the 16-year-old boys carried a knife on the day of the attack, and anticipated using the weapon to kill Turner. Police said one of the teens told investigators he brought a .22-caliber handgun a second weapon "if the original plan failed."

Cache County Prosecutors say both boys were involved in planning the attack. In an interview with detectives, one of the suspects told investigators the motive for the attack was “greed”, according to charging documents.

Nearly a month after Deserae was shot, her father spoke publicly for the first time and said his daughter was in “the fight of her life.”

Thursday, Matt Turner said his family has felt overwhelming support from the community.

“We have seen and felt the very best of humanity touch our family’s life over the past several weeks,” Matt Turner said.

A GoFundMe page for the family has raised more than $50,000 since February.