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Rebecca Sedwick’s death in September became known as the "bullying case” after two young girls were charged in connection with the 12-year-old girl’s suicide.
In much of the 300 pages documenting the Polk County Sheriff's Office investigation into the girls, investigators focus on bullying. But the records also indicate that Rebecca’s tragic death could have been the result of other factors as well.
In a text to a schoolmate, Sedwick said three things were depressing her: Bullying, family issues and her father’s absence.
One investigator also mentions that Rebecca was having a hard time at home because her mother and stepfather argued so much. A note Rebecca wrote to herself says, "Hi my name is Rebecca. Three years ago my family stopped getting along as well as we normally did. It has been getting worse."
Prosecutors decided not to pursue charges against the girls arrested.
Jose Ramirez Hernandez, the father of one of the girls charged, said he thinks his daughter is innocent of any wrongdoing.
"Since the beginning I knew my daughter didn't do nothing wrong," he said.
He is still bothered by how relentless he considered the investigators’ focus was on his 14-year-old daughter.
"What happened to my family, I hope nobody goes through the same thing ever again,” he said.
Although Sheriff Grady Judd was not available to comment on the report, and no one would go on camera at the Sheriff's Office today, off camera a sheriff's spokesperson indicated the agency stands by their case against the two girls and that they never said bullying was the only issue Rebecca faced.
They also implied the media grabbed ahold of the bullying angle and ran with it, but acknowledged they threw the ball out there when the sheriff made comments that included, "We can't leave her out there. Who else is she going to torment? Who else is she going to harass?”
Hernandez has not ruled out taking legal action against the Sheriff’s Office, he said.
Asked if he could say one thing to Sheriff Judd, he answered: "Oh my God. God bless him, and I hope the next time something comes to his desk, he can really take a look at it. Think about it. And do the right thing."