The mother of a 16-year-old Palmetto High School student was arrested Wednesday on child abuse charges, accused of encouraging her daughter to fight another student, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.
April Newcomb’s daughter told her mother she was planning to fight another 16-year-old girl in an empty lot in the 4800 block of 17th Street West, near Emerson Point, in Palmetto on Friday the report stated.
According to the report the fight was over when deputies arrived.
A YouTube.com video of the fight led the sheriff’s office to Newcomb, authorities said. In the video, Newcomb, 39, is not shown making any attempt to stop the fight, the report stated.
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The video was removed from YouTube at around 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The investigation is ongoing. Neither of the minors have been charged.