You may remember last September when a video went viral of a mom, April Newcomb, egging her 16-year old daughter on in a fight. Newcomb was arrested and charged with child abuse for cheering on her daughter in the fight, yelling things like “Punch her in the f***ing body!” and “Kick her ass!” Eight months later, Newcomb’s sentence has finally been announced. The punishment? 75 hours of community service and a one-day parenting class.
If you hadn’t heard about this incident, the video below from the Early Show on CBS will give you a good overview. Video footage, which was uploaded to YouTube, showed Newcomb walking to the scene of the fight with her daughter and egging her on as her much larger opponent punched her repeatedly in the head. In the CBS video, psychologist and HealthGuru.com contributor Jeff Gardere gives a good psychological analysis of the incident as well.
According to Helen A.S. Popkin of MSN’s Digital Life, Newcomb has originally reported that she had arrived on the scene after the fight began, but backed down once video footage of her showing up on the scene with her daughter was uncovered. Popkin writes that Newcomb said she showed up “to make sure no one got hurt and [added] that she was concerned about a skull fracture her daughter suffered two years before.” Newcomb later told police, “Of course, we’re both wrong and I understand that, and I understand where y’all are coming from. I think unfortunately it was going to happen, no matter what.”
The sentence was reported earlier this week by The Smoking Gun. You can see the court record, as well as watch the original fight video on their post about the incident.
At first I thought, 75 hours of community service and a one day parenting class is all she got? But then I thought about all the coverage this has received in the press and I think that may be the most effective punishment of all. People all over the world have heard April Newcomb’s name, seen her face and think of her as the woman who egged her daughter on in a pretty hard core fight. That may have been just the inspiration she needed to get her act together.
What do you think? Does April Newcomb’s punishment fit the crime? Let us know in the comments below.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.