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Mother of Girl Accused of Bullying Arrested on Unrelated Charges

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Winter Haven, Florida (CNN) -- The mother of a 14-year-old Florida girl accused of bullying a classmate who later committed suicide is facing child abuse and child neglect charges in a separate case, authorities said Friday.


Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said 30-year-old Vivian Vosburg was arrested Friday afternoon.

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The move came as investigators are still looking into what exactly drove 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick to her suicide last month, a case in which Vosburg's daughter was charged with aggravated stalking. Police have also arrested a 12-year-old girl.


Judd made it clear that Vosburg's charges are not related to those against the teenagers.


Vosburg's arrest came after authorities received tips from residents that she might have been involved in beating children, Judd said. A minute-long video clip Judd played at a Friday press conference showed a woman, whom he identified as Vosburg, punching two boys with her fist while shouting profanities. The video had been posted to the Internet.


After being arrested, the mother first said the beating was an accident but then said it "got out of hand" partly because she was having a bad day, Judd said.

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It wasn't immediately clear who took the video or when and where it was taken. It has since been taken off the Web. Judd said criminal investigations on both the stalking and abuse cases are underway while Vosburg remains in jail.
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