Girl fight caught on tape, mom arrested

11:58 PM, Sep 22, 2010   |    comments
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Palmetto, Florida-- Video of a fight between two high school girls posted on YouTube has landed one of the girl's mothers in jail, on child abuse charges after investigators say she was caught on tape egging the fight on.

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Manatee County Sheriff's investigators arrested 39 year old April Newcomb Wednesday. Investigators say she could be seen on the video encouraging her 16-year old daughter to punch harder, and ordering her not to stop.

"We're basically in shock a parent can sit there and watch their child, any child, and not intervene," said Dave Bristow, spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The fight happened September 17th, and involved two female students from Palmetto High School. The fight happened off campus in a remote park area while dozens of classmates from the school gathered around.

"It's pretty obvious this is child abuse," said Bristow. "You're putting your child in a situation where she can be injured. She's in a fight with another girl and anything can happen."

April Newcomb's ex-husband had no comment about what happened, but did say his ex-wife's behavior was out of character.

Manatee Sheriff's deputies say their investigation continues, and that some of the students involved could face disciplinary action.

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