Warrant: Texas FedEx driver says he strangled girl in van

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Texas FedEx driver strangled girl
Maitlyn Gandy, mother of 7-year-old Athena Strand, looks at the package that was delivered by a FedEx delivery man authorities say allegedly abducted her daughter last week during a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, outside of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur, Texas. The package, a You Can be Anything Barbie set, was supposed to be Athena's Christmas present, Gandy said. (Juan Figueroa/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

The FedEx driver accused of abducting and killing a 7-year-old girl in Texas last week has told authorities that he strangled her after accidentally hitting her with his van while making a delivery at her home.

That’s according to an arrest warrant. Tanner Lynn Horner told investigators that Athena Strand wasn’t seriously hurt after he hit her while backing up, but he panicked and put her in his van.

Horner said Athena told him her name

He said she was talking to him and told him her name. But Horner said he didn’t want her to tell her father what happened, so he first tried to break her neck and when that didn’t work, he strangled her.

Texas FedEx driver strangled girl

Jail records don’t list an attorney who could speak on Horner’s behalf.