Published: Mar 23, 2011 8:03 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 23, 2011 5:04 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Authorities say a 12-year-old girl was arrested for choking her mother with a belt at their Gulf coast area home.

Authorities say the mother had bruises around her neck. They say she told them she tried to get out of the house but passed out; and a neighbor said the girl was threatening to kill her mother while holding a piece of wood. The neighbor also told authorities he helped restrain the teen.

The girl faces a felony charge of battery by strangulation.

No additional information was immediately available.

 (Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.)