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Dad defends daughter charged in Fla. bullying case

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Updated: 10/15/2013 12:23 pm
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- A central Florida man says allegations that his 14-year-old daughter bullied a 12-year-old girl who killed herself are not true.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Tuesday authorities arrested the 14-year-old girl after she admitted online over the weekend that she had harassed Rebecca Sedwick.

A man who answered the phone at the 14-year-old's Lakeland home identified himself as her father. He told The Associated Press that his daughter was "a good girl" and he was "100 percent sure that whatever they're saying about my daughter is not true."

A 12-year-old girl was also arrested in the case. A message left at her Lakeland home was not immediately returned.

Rebecca climbed at tower at an abandoned concrete plant Sept. 9 and hurled herself to her death.

AP generally doesn't identify juveniles charged with crimes.
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