Rebecca Sedwick: Stepmother arrested of Florida teen who allegedly bullied classmate to death

Investigators released a video depicting abuse

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- - A new twist in the bullying case making headlines across the world involving a Florida girl who investigators say was bullied to death by her classmates.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office has arrested the stepmother of one of the teen girls who faces several charges surrounding the death of Rebecca Sedwick.

Investigators released a video depicting the stepmother yelling and then punching two young boys several times as they could be heard screaming.

"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

Many saw the video, including West Palm Beach Psychologist Dr. Sandy Munoz, who works with abused children at the Children's Healing Institute.

"These kids, they see that's okay for them. They see this is how you deal with your anger," said Munoz.

Munoz points out that children can be heard laughing in the background of the video. She said it is an indication that it was not the first time and the behavior could be passed along.
   
"I think they would be horrified by it and probably be more upset, saying, 'Oh my god mom, what are you doing? Stop doing that!' This is something that's normal in their environment and they found it funny," said Munoz.

Not all kids grow up and follow the behaviors of their parents said Munoz. She said it is what makes this situation hard to figure out who is responsible.

"Yes it's difficult to say and put all of the blame on them, that it's all their fault because they are a product of what they grew up in. But at the same time, there are consequences to your actions," said Munoz.

She finds it hard to believe that no one saw any warning signs within the family.

Munoz said if people want abuse and bullying to stop, they have to speak up when they see warning signs.

"No one wants to be a nosy neighbor," said Munoz."But now with the way society is, I think we need to be a little bit more nosy if we want to create a better future for our kids."

The woman arrested faces child abuse and child neglect charges. She is currently sitting in a Polk County jail and set to see a judge Saturday at 8:00 a.m.

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