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Sep242010

Mother Charged With Child Abuse After Cheering on Daughter's Fight

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(PALMETTO, Fla.) -- A recent high school brawl caught on tape has created a public stir because of one member of the cheering audience: one combatant's mom.  "Don't stop. Punch her in the [expletive] body," Palmetto, Florida mother April Newcomb is heard yelling to her child during the fight.

The Sept. 17 fight, which appeared to be a scheduled event with several student spectators, was recorded by one of dozens of cell phone cameras. That same day, police received not one, but three YouTube videos showing the fight from various angles.  After viewing the video, police arrested Newcomb and charged her with child abuse.

Newcomb stated in the police report, "of course we were both wrong and I understand that," apparently referring to her daughter as well as herself. "And I understand where y'all are coming from. I think unfortunately, it was going to happen no matter what," she told police.

According to police, Newcomb said she only wanted to be at the fight because her daughter had suffered a head injury previously and wanted to make sure she would not be hit in the head. The mother of the other girl also appears about five minutes into the fight, but rather than intervene, she chats with the mother of her daughter's opponent while the girls continue to pound away at each other, The Bradenton Herald reported.

Newcomb has been released on bail and the other girl's mother has not been charged. Both students, who are juniors, are also back in school and reportedly do not face disciplinary measures, since the fight took place off campus.

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