Mother Arrested for Encouraging to Daughter to Bite Teen During a Fight

A mother faces child abuse charges over her daughter's videotaped fight.

Jan. 27, 2012 — -- A Florida mother is facing charges after a video on Facebook showed her encouraging her teenage daughter to fight a high-school classmate.

Sandra Padilla Miranda, 38, of Orlando, Fla., is charged with child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after police say the video showed her yelling at her 17-year-old daughter to "hit harder" and "bite her" in Spanish during an altercation with a 14-year-old girl. The teens both attend Boone High School.

The classmate told police she was invited by Miranda to fight her daughter, who struck her several times and attempted to bite her on the face.

According to an Orlando Police Department affidavit, Miranda said she "was in fear that her daughter and the other girl will continue to fight in school so she wanted it settled."

She admitted she was wrong for encouraging the fighting, police said.

Attempts to reach her by phone for further comment were unsuccessful.

Miranda posted the $1,100 bond at the Orange County Jail. If convicted, she could face jail time, fines, probation or a combination of the three.

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