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Stepmother of accused teen bully in court

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The stepmother of a 14-year-old accused of bullying a girl prior to her suicide, went before a judge on Saturday.

Vivian Vosburg is being held in the Polk County Jail, on $300,000 bond.

Polk deputies arrested her Friday evening.

She is charged with two counts of child abuse with bodily harm and four counts of child neglect.

Vosburg is the stepmother of one of two girls who was charged with felony aggravated stalking earlier in the week.

Officials say the two girls bullied and harassed 14-year-old Rebecca Sedwick before she committed suicide.

In a news conference Friday, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd showed a video he said was of Vosburg beating two male children in her home. He said the video showed the 14-year-old suspect and another girl laughing while Vosburg beat the kids.

The relationship between Vosburg and the boys wasn't clear. Judd said the boys were in her care at the time.

Judd said detectives found the video on a Facebook page belonging to the sister of the 14-year-old who was arrested after tips about it came in from the community.

Despite the apparent video evidence, Vosburg told reporters, "I didn't do it," as she was booked into jail.

After this weeks's arrest in the cyberbullying case, a woman who identified herself as the 14-year-old suspect's mother denied the charges, insisting that she watched her children's social media accounts.

Sheriff Judd said he does not believe that claim.

"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."

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