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A Florida mom set up a fight between her daughter and another girl. She is now facing criminal charges. Sandra Padilla Miranda, 38, organized the duel for her 17-year-old teen daughter.
She arranged the altercation with her daughter's 14-year-old classmate. The two girls both attend a local high school.
The 14-year-old teen said she was contacted by Miranda to come to her apartment complex after school. When she arrived there was a crowd. That's when the punches -- and goading -- started.
Miranda allegedly yelled in Spanish to her daughter. She repeatedly told her to hit the 14-year-old harder. She even told her to bite her opponent.
Miranda was arrested. Her initial story to the police was that she was held back by others when she tried to stop the fight.
Unluckily for the mother, someone had taken a video of the incident. And the film proved her story was false.
She was charged with child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, reports the New York Daily News.
Florida law mandates that any "willful act or threatened act that results in physical, mental, or sexual injury or harm" to a child is abuse. Miranda set the fight up for her daughter. She was putting her daughter in harm's way. That is likely why she was charged with the offense.
Miranda's rationale was that her daughter and the other girl were having troubles with each other at school. She believed they needed to settle it, otherwise they would continue to fight during school hours.
That's why the Florida mom set up the fight. She wanted to resolve the issue through confrontation. Sandra Padilla Miranda's daughter and the other 14-year-old girl have both been suspended from their school according to the New York Daily News.