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California woman arrested after video appears to show her encouraging daughter to fight with another girl

Barbara Cypress was Tuesday arrested after they allegedly encouraged her daughter to hit another teenager girl.
(Turlock Police)

A California woman was on Tuesday arrested after a video appeared to her to encourage her daughter to fight another teen girl, officials said.

Barbara Cypress, 40, was arrested by the Turlock Police Department at her home. On Friday, a video captured her appearing to a teenage girl that her daughter could save the teenager in Columbia Park in Turlock.

“Hit her,” the woman in the video was told to say. “It is after school. It is after school.”

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The alleged victim’s mother, Irina Lizarraga Acuna, said that the fight started on the school bus, before it escalated at the park. The two girls go to Turlock Junior High School, Acuna told FOX40.

Acuna shared the video of the fight to her Facebook page.

“In the video, you’ll see that the teenager don’t even want to touch my daughter. She is forced by her mother beat her,” Acuna told FOX40. “You know, I’m not even angry, I can not be angry at the teen. I am angry at the mother. How would you force your daughter to hit someone else?”

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Acuna said that they will be pressing against the woman. The Turlock Unified School District said they are investigating the incident.

Cypress faces a felony false imprisonment charge and two misdemeanor charges of child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor,” the Turlock Police Department said.

The girl that hit the victim was “cited and released” the Modesto bee reported.

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