On Friday, October 18, 2013, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 30-year-old Vivian Vosburg of 3143 Crystal Hills Drive in Lakeland, charging her with 2 counts of Child Abuse with Bodily Harm, and 4 counts of Child Neglect.
According to the affidavit, on Thursday, October 17, 2013, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received several tips from residents about a video posted on the social media site Facebook. The video was of two juvenile subjects fighting, an adult female punching the fighting juveniles and screaming profanities, and several other juveniles shouting profanities and moving around in what appears to be a bedroom of a residence. A total of six juveniles ranging in ages from 9 - 14 were observed in the video.
The adult was identified as Vivian Vosburg, Vosburg is Guadalupe Shaw’s mother. Shaw was arrested on Monday, October 14, 2013, charged with Aggravated Stalking in an unrelated investigation.
Vosburg has access to all six of the juveniles seen in the video. The video was posted on Facebook early in July 2013, by one of the juveniles Vosburg has access to, and who was in the room at the time of the incident.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives contacted the Department of Children and Families and contact was made with each child in the video to determine their well-being. The children were located at their schools. Safety plans were implemented by a DCF Child Protective Investigator.
After ensuring the children’s safety, detectives contacted Vosburg. On late Thursday afternoon, October 17th, Vosburg agreed to a non-custodial interview and told detectives the video was of her breaking up a fight. Vosburg admitted that she is the woman in the video, and admitted to punching one of the juveniles in the face with a fist and punching the second juvenile several times on the back of the head and between his shoulders. She stated she continued to hit one juvenile, after the other fell to the floor, because he was attempting get up from the bed. Vosburg stated she knew she should not have hit the juveniles with her fists.
After reviewing the video, detectives conferred with the State Attorney’s Office of the 10th Judicial Circuit regarding potential charges against Vosburg. A warrant was issued for Vosburg’s arrest on Friday, October 18, 2013. She was arrested without incident and booked into the Polk County Jail.
“This video was easily located on the juvenile’s public social media page as recently as 9:00 am, today, Friday, October 18, 2013. It is clear, not only has Vosburg demonstrated she cannot control the behavior of children she has access to without using violence, but she is obviously not monitoring the social media sites of children she has access to either." – Sheriff Grady Judd.