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POLK COUNTY, Fla. - The step-mother of one of the accused bullies in Polk County is now free on bond after spending nearly two weeks in jail accused of child abuse.
Deputies arrested Vivian Vosburg about two weeks ago after a video surfaced showing what appears to be her lashing out on her kids.
In an exclusive interview with ABC Action News as she left jail, Vosburg admits she is the one seen in the video.
"That was me, but I don't do that to my kids," she said. "I love my kids dearly."
Vosburg's attorney told us that what the video shows is an isolated incident.
It was part of his argument in court Thursday to get her bond lowered from $300,000 to $14,000.
"There's a lot more to the story than what can be seen in that short clip," said Kelley Collier, Vosburg's attorney. "In my opinion, the bond was extremely excessive to begin with, to put it mildly."
The video clip was posted on Facebook and brought to the attention of Sheriff Grady Judd just days after the arrest of Vosburg's step-daughter.
She and another girl are accused of bullying 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick until she jumped to her death.
Vosburg and her live-in boyfriend denied the accusations against his daughter on national television.
"They're not used to that kind of focus, but it is what it is," Collier said. "The two cases are totally unrelated."
Collier said his client was actually separating two of her kids who were fighting, and she got carried away.
The video shows a woman hitting at least one boy, followed by screams and crying.
"Other people do a lot of things wrong, but they act like I'm a monster to my kids. But I'm not," she said.
As she walked out of jail Thursday night, she did not go home -- the court won't let her be with her kids. She plans to stay with a relative instead.
Finally free on bond after 13 long days in jail, she still feels shackled by not knowing when she'll ever see her kids again.
"I can't be around my kids," she said. "I don't think it's right, the way they are treating us, because I take care of my kids well."
Collier plans to ask the judge to modify her pre-trial release that allows for at least supervised contact with her children.
Vosburg returns to court later this month.