TODAY   |  October 19, 2013

Stepmother of accused bully faces abuse charges

The stepmother of one of the Florida girls arrested for the cyber bullying of a classmate who committed suicide has been arrested for allegedly beating the children in her care. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

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>>> there is a new twist this morning in the florida case where two girls i arrested for allegedly cyberbullying a classmate who committed suicide. the stepmother is under arrest herself after a violent video surfaced. we warn you this is tough to watch. maria schiavocampo is here with more.

>> reporter: good morning, everyone. the stepmother's arrest is not related to the bullying case. she is facing charges after police say she beat a 14-year-old and other children in her care. and, once again, we want to note the video you're about to see may be disturbing. this morning, 30-year-old vivian vosberg is facing child abuse and neglect after arrested friday. police say it stems from this video posted on facebook in july. according to the pope county sheriff it shows she is punching a boy's head while another boy is lying on the floor seemingly unconscious.

>> that appears to be a normal way of life and they are laughing and cussing and throwing the f-bomb around.

>> reporter: this comes on the heels of another cyberbullying case who were not identified. the girls are accused of bullying rebecca sedgwick before she jumped from her death from a concrete silo last month. while authorities stress the stepmother's arrested is unrelated to her step daughter's situation, the sheriff had this to say.

>> the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

>> reporter: she admits to punching one of the kids in the face and another one on the back of the head. [ bleep ] [ bleep ].

>> it suggests to us she absolutely does not monitor the facebook pages or if she wants to take credit for monitoring the facebook pages, she thinks that is okay.

>> reporter: the authorities say child services have reached out to each child seen on the video. vosberg is without bond. she does not have an attorney and is expected to be back in court later this morning.

>> thanks.