The attorney for one of the girl's arrested for bullying a 12-year-old Florida girl who jumped to her death in September, released a statement Thursday morning that said his client was "saddened" by the ordeal that had transpired, but she believed she would be vindicated of all charges against her.
"My client and her family are deeply saddened by Rebecca's death and send their condolences to Rebecca's family," it said. "My client's parents are stunned at the events that have transpired."
Two girls, ages 12 and 14, have been accused of "maliciously harassing" Rebecca Sedwick through multiple social media sites throughout 2012 and 2013.
On Monday, the students were arrested and charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony due to the fact the victim was under 16. The accused have since returned to their families under house arrest, while the Polk County sheriff's department continues the investigation.
Thus far the investigation has uncovered alledged incriminating statements made on Facebook including one made last Saturday, where the 14-year old girl states, "yes I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself, but I don't give a (expletive)."
NBC News reports that other social media sites such as Instagram, Voxer, and ask.fm were used to harass Sedwick, and affidavits confirm these harassments to be "a contributing factor," to her suicide.
However, in the statement released by the 14-year-old's attorney, the parents said they "feel that their daughter is a loving, caring, and supportive young girl with many friends."
"Since they frequently monitored her and never observed these alleged messages, they did not see a problem to confront," the statement read. "They anticipate that the truth will come to light and their daughter's name will be cleared," the statement said.
The attorney for the accused 14-year-old denied the girl was a bully, Today.com reported. "She's a caretaker, and she's very comforting, and just loving to other kids, and the kids in the neighborhood, and she just socializes with a lot of people,'' attorney Andrea DeMichael said.