Daughter defends mother in Internet hoax trial

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Missouri woman's daughter says her mother had wanted an Internet account shut down even before cruel messages were sent from it to a teenage neighbor who later committed suicide.

Sarah Drew says her mother, Lori, initially thought it was a good idea to use the account to create a fictitious boy to lure Megan Meier into an online relationship.

Prosecutors say the goal was to find out whether Megan was spreading rumors about Sarah.

But Sarah Drew says her mother told a business assistant to shut down the MySpace account two weeks after it was created.

Megan hanged herself in 2006 after receiving the messages. Lori Drew has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and accessing computers without authorization.

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