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Stepmom of Accused Bully Arrested

The stepmother of a Florida girl accused of bullying 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, who committed suicide on Sept. 9, has been arrested for child abuse, according to People.com.

Thirty-year-old Vivian Vosburg was caught on video "punching and hitting" two boys, as the children were fighting on a bed, the site reports. The video was posted on Facebook and later sent to law enforcement officials after the arrest of her stepdaughter on felony charges of aggravated stalking.

While the child abuse charges are unrelated to the bullying charges Vosburg's stepdaughter faces, Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff Grady Judd said in a news conference that Vosburg's arrest on two counts of child abuse with bodily harm and four counts of child neglect showed that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

People across the country, including mom.me pediatric expert Dr. Cara Natterson, have taken to the Web to call out parents of bullies, suggesting that the blame lies—at least partially—with them.

Sheriff Judd told WTLV in Tallahassee, Fla., that parents need to get more involved.

"[T]he first line of defense is parents," he said. "Parents need to pay attention. They need to quit being their child's best friend and be their child's best parent. That's what they need to do. So it starts at home," Judd said.

Photo via Bay News 9

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