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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas - A 13-year-old girl was arrested overnight after it was alleged she used Facebook to make threats to take out an entire town, police said.

Deputy constables said the girl wrote about killing every single person in Splendora, Texas.

With help from Facebook, investigators tracked her down. "Kids are gonna be kids," said Constable Kenneth Hayden with Montgomery County Precinct 4.

"They're going to make mistakes. This is a very serious mistake, and we're hoping this person is gonna learn from this and be able to move on with her life."

Authorities said the girl had been staying with relatives. She's facing felony charges for making a terroristic threat. Deputies seized several computers and other electronics from the family's home.

On Saturday, KHOU-TV first reported that someone was posting frightening messages saying, "Going to kill everyone in Splendora on July 13." There were no incidents on Sunday.

Threats were also made against Cristian Beasley, a boy in the community who is fighting leukemia. Cristian, 12, uses a robot named "Watt" that goes to elementary school for him.

In May 2013, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt saw a KHOU report about the boy and paid Cristian a surprise visit.

Investigators said the Facebook account used to make the threats against Cristian and the Spendora community was either fake or hacked.



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