The stepmother of a Florida girl charged with bullying a teen who later committed suicide was arrested Friday for allegedly punching two youths who were fighting in her home this summer as other children watched.
Vivian Vosburg, 30, of Lakeland, Fla., was charged Friday with two counts of child abuse with bodily harm and four counts of child neglect for an altercation in July, the Polk County Sheriff's Department said. One A witness posted a cellphone video to Facebook on Thursday, and the sheriff received several tips.
Her arrest is unrelated to the Sept. 10 suicide of Rebecca Sedwick. Vosburg's 14-year-old step-daughter and a 12-year-old friend were charged Monday with felony stalking over the alleged bullying and harassment that led the teen to take her life.
The alleged assault occurred when Vosburg intervened to break up a fight between two youths in a bedroom of her home. The video shows six youths, ages 9 to 14.
According to the sheriff's news release:
Vosburg admitted that she is the woman in the video, and admitted to punching one of the juveniles in the face with a fist and punching the second juvenile several times on the back of the head and between his shoulders. She stated she continued to hit one juvenile, after the other fell to the floor, because he was attempting get up from the bed. Vosburg stated she knew she should not have hit the juveniles with her fists.
"This video was easily located on the juvenile's public social media page as recently as 9:00 am, today," Sheriff Grady Judd said. "It is clear, not only has Vosburg demonstrated she cannot control the behavior of children she has access to without using violence, but she is obviously not monitoring the social media sites of children she has access to either."