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Video Shows Parent Holding Teenager, Encouraging Daughter to ‘Hit Her’

By Zachary Stieber

Video footage captured on a cellphone shows a California parent holding a teenager while telling her daughter: “Hit her.”

“It’s after school. You can’t get in trouble,” the mother added.

Irina Lizarrage Acuna, the mother of the girl that the woman was holding, says that she blames the woman, not the woman’s daughter, for the hitting.

“It’s horrible for a parent to watch that. It’s awful. You feel really … I feel guilty, you know? I wish I would have been there to help her,” Acuna told Fox 40.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Turlock police are investigating an after-school fight that occurred last Friday between two girls at a school bus stop. Video of the fight appears to show an adult restraining one of the girls while encouraging another teen to hit her.

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“In the video, you can see that the teenager doesn’t even want to hit my daughter. She’s being forced by her mom to hit her,” she said. “You know, I’m not even mad, I can’t be mad at the teenager. I’m mad at the mom. How could you force your daughter to hit someone else?”

Acuna said that she’s going to sue the woman.

The footage clearly shows the woman holding Acuna’s daughter before the woman’s daughter hits her.

“Her mother came out of nowhere and was pressing her body against me telling her daughter to get me,” Acuna’s daughter, Jacqueline Zavala, told CBS.

The two girls both attend Turlock Junior High School. Zavala said that the fight happened on March 8 at a bus stop.

Acuna said that her daughter was being bullied by the other girl and, while both were on the bus, asked her to stop.

“I was like, ‘I want you to stop talking to me’ and her mom comes out of nowhere,” Zavala said.

The Turlock Unified School District and Turlock Police Department confirmed investigations into what happened.

“Like most who have viewed this video, we were appalled by this attack. We have identified those shown in the video and have shared this information with the Turlock Police Department who are conducting an investigation,” the district said in a statement.

Woman Wanted by Police

Following the investigation, the Turlock Police Department arrested the girl who was seen beating Acuna’s daughter and she was taken to juvenile hall on suspicion of battery, the Turlock Journal reported in an update on March 12.

Police have identified the woman seen holding Acuna’s daughter, but haven’t released her name publicly.

Officers attempted to contact her, “but she was either not home or is avoiding us,” Turlock police spokesman Sgt. Russell Holeman told the Modesto Bee. “She knows she’s wanted, we’ve been to her residence, and we urge her to turn herself in.”

She is wanted for felony false imprisonment, misdemeanor child abuse, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Her daughter, Holeman said, could be sentenced to community service or anger management classes, or face in-school discipline.

Acuna wrote on Facebook that the girl who hit her daughter has bullied others. “Since this video more children have reached out to their parents that this girl has bullied them in school and were afraid to speak up!” she wrote. “This was so traumatizing for them to watch and are willing to help so it won’t happen again!”