Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rebecca Ann Sedwick Suicide: Arrests made and charged with Aggravated Stalking

Arrest made in the Bullying Case and Suicide of Rebecca Ann Sedwick

Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Florida announced the arrest of two girls in the bullying case of Rebecca Ann Sedwick who jumped to her death in September. The two girls were charged with Aggravated Stalking telling Sedwick to drink bleach and die and that she was ugly and she should kill her self. One of the teens admitted that she was responsible for the death of Sedwick however she could give a f^*% damn.  Please read on:  WFLA News Channel 8 reports


Polk Sheriff Judd announces arrests in bullying case

Posted: Oct 15, 2013 9:09 AM EDT Updated: Oct 15, 2013 2:31 PM EDT

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POLK COUNTY, FL - Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced Tuesday the arrests of two girls in connection with the death investigation of the Polk teenager Rebecca Sedwick.

Detectives said Rebecca Ann Sedwick took her own life after being bullied online.

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According to PCSO, Katelyn Roman, 12, and Guadalupe Shaw, 14,
were arrested and charged with felony aggravated stalking.

Deputies said, all three girls went to Crystal Lake Middle School.
Guadalupe dated a boy who had previously dated Rebecca. According to the PCSO, the girls threatened Rebecca through name-calling, intimidation, threats to beat her up and a fight. Guadalupe bullied others to stop them from being friends with Rebecca.

According to PCSO,
Guadalupe Shaw sent messages to Rebecca telling her to drink bleach and die, that she was ugly and she should kill herself.

Katelyn Roman said she was sorry for bullying Rebecca, according to PCSO. The two used to be friends before Guadalupe Shaw convinced Katelyn to stop.

Authorities arrested the girls Monday. They were later released to their parents and are on home detention.

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 A man who answered the phone at the 14-year-old's Lakeland home said he was her father and told The Associated Press "none of it's true."   
"My daughter's a good girl and I'm 100 percent sure that whatever they're saying about my daughter is not true," he said.
A message left at the 12-year-old girl's home was not immediately returned.
The girls were arrested Monday night and released to their parents' custody. They remain on home detention.
NOTE: wfla.com has made the decision to name the girls arrested in this case.  We generally don't name juveniles charged with crimes but in this case, WFLA management has decided to name them based on the nature of the crime and the fact that the juveniles were charged with a felony.   

Stay with
WFLA.com for more on this developing story.

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