WINTER HAVEN, FL- The lawyer for a 14-year-old Florida girl arrested for aggravated stalking that led to teen Rebecca Sedwick's suicide last month says her client did not post the Facebook message police cited as reason for her arrest.
Lawyer Andrea DeMichael told CNN
her client denies bullying 12-year-old Rebecca, and has not accessed Facebook recently. Through DeMichael, the girl said "this is not as clear cut as it seems."
Police arrested the 14-year-old girl along with another girl, 12, after seeing a message on her Facebook page that read "Yes IK I bullied REBECCA nd she killed herself but IDGAF." The last word in the message is an acronym for "I don't give a (expletive)."
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said by posting the message, "she forced the arrest." Authorities do not believe the girl's account was compromised.
The 14-year-old is believed by police to be the chief tormentor of Rebecca Sedwick, who jumped from the roof of an abandoned concrete plant on September 9. Polk said Rebecca told a friend online she could not take it anymore before she committed suicide. She had been enduring the online, verbal and occasional physical assaults she was receiving from a group of 15 girls for over a year at the time of her death.
Rebecca's mother Tricia Norman told CNN the arrests were the best birthday present for her daughter, who would have turned 13 this weekend. "All she wanted was for someone to listen and do something about it."
The two young teens were arrested Monday, at which time the 12-year-old released to her parents. The 14-year-old made her first court appearance on Tuesday and is being held in a juvenile detention facility.
Information from: CNN