Polk County, Florida — Vivian Vosburg, 30, of 3143 Crystal Hills Drive, has been arrested.
Vosburg is the mother of Guadalupe Shaw, the 14-year-old charged with Felony Aggravated Stalking after the suicide of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick.
Vosburg has been charged with two counts of Child Abuse with Bodily Harm, and four counts of Child Neglect.
Ocala Post has learned from Donna Wood, a spokesperson with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, that the charges are not related to the October 14, 2013, arrest of Vosburg’s daughter, 14-year-old Guadalupe Shaw.
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[Updated October 18, 2013 at 6:09 p.m.]
According to the Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday, October 17, 2013, they received several tips from residents about a video posted on the social media site Facebook. The video was of two juvenile subjects fighting, an adult female punching the fighting juveniles, screaming profanities, and several other juveniles shouting profanities and moving around in what appears to be a bedroom of a residence. A total of six juveniles ranging in ages from 9 – 14 are in the video.
The adult was identified as Vivian Vosburg, Vosburg is Guadalupe Shaw’s mother. Shaw was arrested on Monday, October 14, 2013, charged with Aggravated Stalking in an unrelated investigation.
Vosburg has access to all six of the juveniles seen in the video. The video was posted on Facebook early in July 2013, by one of the juveniles Vosburg has access to, and who was in the room at the time of the incident.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives contacted the Department of Children and Families and contact was made with each child in the video to determine their well-being. The children were located at their schools. Safety plans were implemented by a DCF Child Protective Investigator.
After ensuring the children’s safety, detectives contacted Vosburg. On late Thursday afternoon, October 17th, Vosburg agreed to a non-custodial interview and told detectives the video was of her breaking up a fight. Vosburg admitted that she is the woman in the video, and admitted to punching one of the juveniles in the face with a closed fist, and punching the second juvenile several times on the back of the head and between his shoulders. She stated she continued to hit one juvenile, after the other fell to the floor, because he was attempting get up from the bed. Vosburg stated she knew she should not have hit the juveniles with her fists.
In the video it shows one juvenile lying on the floor not moving and his back bright red. Vosburg also states in the video, she kicked him in the f*****g mouth.
After reviewing the video, detectives conferred with the State Attorney’s Office of the 10th Judicial Circuit regarding potential charges against Vosburg. A warrant was issued for Vosburg’s arrest on Friday, October 18, 2013.
A neighbor of Vosburg said, “the actions of the mother in the video is exactly how Guadalupe Shaw treats others, for the parents to claim Guadalupe is an angel is completely absurd.”
Sheriff Grady Judd said, “This video was easily located on the juvenile’s public social media page as recently as 9:00 a.m., today, Friday, October 18, 2013. It is clear, not only has Vosburg demonstrated she cannot control the behavior of children she has access to without using violence, but she is obviously not monitoring the social media sites of children she has access to either.
Vosburg was booked into the Polk County Jail, where she will be held on no bond until a first appearance hearing around 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013.
Vivian Vosburg was also arrested in May of 2002 for Battery and Operating a Vehicle Without a License.
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