Mom Encourages Fight, Tapes with Cell Phone
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LORAIN, Ohio — A local mother faces criminal charges, accused of encouraging her daughter to fight another girl while recording it on her cell phone.
Just before 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, cameras were rolling on a fight between two girls on West 5th Street in Lorain.
“Beat her (bleep) head in the (bleeping) cement,” the mother is heard saying on the video.
“The mom kept telling the daughter to smash the other kid’s head into the concrete. There were tons of people there taking videos,” said Jesse Dean, who witnessed the fight.
His friend Mike Burgess recorded it. They said they were even more appalled because the mother of one of the girls was encouraging her to fight and even recorded the altercation on her cell phone.
“I feel bad for those kids and hopefully the mom learns from her ways and teaches them that that’s not acceptable,” Burgess said.
“You got five-year-old kids watching them. I mean, that ain’t no way to live and if you try to break them up, the mother cusses at you and runs you off,” said Dean.
Lorain police charged Theresa Webb, 33, with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly encouraging her daughter to fight.
The video appears to show her resisting when other adults try to break up the altercation.
“Why don’t you pull your daughter off of her?” said one man on the video.
“C’mon, little kids,” another man is heard saying.
“A whole bunch of little kids just ran up to me and started showing me videos of the girl attacking my daughter. I don’t know initially if my daughter went over there to start problems or what it was,” said Carla Rosado.
Rosado said her 13-year-old daughter was the other girl involved in the taped beating.
She said she was appalled by the actions of the other girl’s mother.
“There was adults out there, other adults trying to stop it, telling the mom stop and she was blocking them, trying to record it. I think any mom that takes their child, especially at that age to fight, should get in trouble for it,” she said.
Lorain police charged both children with being unruly.
Investigators said the girls have been involved in a long-standing dispute, which they believe began over a boy.