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Stepmom of girl accused in bullying suicide released from Polk jail


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The stepmother of a 14-year-old accused of stalking in the suicide death of a Lakeland girl was released Thursday from the Polk County Jail, two weeks after being arrested on child abuse and neglect charges.

Vivian Vosburg, 30, posted $14,000 bond, a reduction from the orginal bail set at $300,000, according to the jail website.

Vosburg was arrested Oct. 13 by Polk deputies on two counts of child abuse with bodily harm and four counts of child neglect.

He stepdaughter was one of two girls arrested on aggravated stalking charges after a former schoolmate, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedgewick, jump to her death in Lakeland. Investigators cited bullying by the girls in person and through social media sites such as Facebook as a contributing factor in the suicide.

Sheriff Grady Judd said that after detectives arrested Vosburg’s stepdaughter, the sheriff’s office began receiving tips to look at the Facebook page of another of Vosburg’s children.

Detectives discovered a video posted in July 2013. According to the arrest affidavit, the video shows two boys fighting on a bed, then Vosberg steps in and begins punching and hitting the boys. One of the boys falls off the bed and appears to not move. Judd said none of the children were injured.

Judd said there were four other children in the home at the time.

Judd did not release the names of the chidlren or their relationship to Vosburg, stating only that “these are children she has access to. Vivian in this context was in charge of their well-being.”

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