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Dad defends daughter charged in Fla. bullying case

Rebecca Ann Sedwick
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Updated: 10/15/2013 12:23 pm
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- A central Florida man says allegations that his 14-year-old daughter bullied a 12-year-old girl who killed herself are not true.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Tuesday authorities arrested the 14-year-old girl after she admitted online over the weekend that she had harassed Rebecca Sedwick.

A man who answered the phone at the 14-year-old's Lakeland home identified himself as her father. He told The Associated Press that his daughter was "a good girl" and he was "100 percent sure that whatever they're saying about my daughter is not true."

A 12-year-old girl was also arrested in the case. A message left at her Lakeland home was not immediately returned.

Rebecca climbed at tower at an abandoned concrete plant Sept. 9 and hurled herself to her death.

AP generally doesn't identify juveniles charged with crimes.
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Disgusted - 10/19/2013 7:03 AM
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I understand a parents need to defend their child at all cost, especially on such a serious charge, however, what these 2 girls/suspects did to this beautiful, young, sensitive child, the victim, is disgusting. For the parents of the 2 actually defend them is wrong. The example they're sending to their daughters is wrong, one of no accountability or responsibility for their actions. (which explains why the girls don't think they did anything wrong) The petty, truly worthless girls/suspects motive was pathetic jealousy as the victim was undeniably beautiful by any standards. Its sad that the parents the suspects we're such poor examples themselves and raised such disgusting children and I think they're all accountable and they all need legally t legally to this tragic loss. Lock 'em all up.
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