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Pasco Mom Charged With Child Abuse For Setting Up Fight For 13-Year-Old Daughter

A mother from Pasco County, Florida has been charged with child abuse, battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after setting up a fight for her 13-year-old daughter.

Police said 34-year-old Tabitha Anne Bennet from Holiday, had arranged a fight between her daughter and another 14-year-old girl on April 12th. The catfight was recorded using a cellphone and Bennett bragged about it by posting the video on social media site Facebook.

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"She's the one who actually instigated it," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said. "She's the one who went on Facebook setting this whole thing up."

The sheriff said Bennet sent a Facebook message to the 14-year-old girl saying her daughter would fight her on April 12.  On the day of the fight, Bennet drove ther 13-year-old to an area near Moog Road and Colonial Hills Drive. 

Bennett argued that she only set up the match so her daughter could get even after being bullied.

"The bully out here was the mother," Nocco said. "She's an active train wreck, and she's a disaster, and I feel really bad for the daughter and for the other girl because this is the people they have to be around."

It was not clear who was taking the video. The two girls were seen grappling on the ground, with Bennett occasionally appearing in the frame.

The two girls --- with the 14-year-old on top of Bennett's daughter most of the time --- were seen pulling each other's hair, slapping and banging their heads, just a few inches away from the road. Nocco said Bennett held a knife all throughout the fight to threaten others not get in the way and make sure her daughter would not get hurt.

At one point, Bennett was seen kicking the 14-year-old and yanking her hair, as the girl appeared to be winning over her daughter.

During questioning, Bennett insisted she does not remember kicking the 14-year-old when things were not going quite well for her daughter.

Bennett appeared to have a toubled police record. She had been arrested for ID theft in Pasco County and grand theft in Hernando County. 

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