Eight arrested in Fla. YouTube assault

April 8, 2008 at 4:37 PM
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BARTOW, Fla., April 8 (UPI) -- A Florida cheerleader was brutally beaten by six girls who wanted revenge for comments she posted online, a sheriff said Tuesday.

The attack was videotaped, apparently so that it could be posted on YouTube.

"I don't have the specifics of those comments, but there is nothing our victim could have said on the Internet that would have caused that kind of beating," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told the NBC "Today" show.

The six alleged attackers plus two boys who allegedly acted as lookout face charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and battery.

Christina Garcia, mother of one suspect, told "Today" her daughter warned the victim not to go into the house where she was attacked. But she said that her daughter should have called police.

The victim was allegedly knocked out and then later pummeled for 30 minutes. Her father told the Lakeland Ledger that he had never seen anyone with such a disfigured face.

She told police that she heard the attackers boasting that they would post the video on YouTube and MySpace.

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