MANATEE — The mother of a 16-year-old Palmetto High School student posted bail early this morning after she was arrested on a charge of child abuse for allegedly encouraging and watching her daughter fight another student, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
April Newcomb, 39, had a local bail bondsmen company post her $15,000 this morning at 2:34 a.m., according to jail records.
The girl told her mother, Newcomb, that she was planning to fight another 16-year-old girl Friday in an empty lot on 17th Street West near Emerson Point, the report stated. According to the report, the fight was over when deputies arrived.
A YouTube 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.
The video also showed dozens of students, many recording the incident on phones, gathering around the two fighters. Newcomb told deputies she couldn’t say why she didn’t break up the fight or call deputies.
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