Sedwick Bullying case: Judge lowered stepmom Vivian Vosburg's bond, she walked free hours later

Vivian Vosburg not able to contact step children

POLK COUNTY, Fla - Wearing blue jeans and a black t-shirt, Vivian Vosburg walked out of jail Thursday night clutching a brown paper bag with some of her belongings.  Her name was written on the bag with black marker.

She walked free just hours after a Polk County judge reduced her bond from $300,000 to $14,000.

Vosburg is the stepmother of one of the two girls arrested and accused of harassing and bullying Rebecca Sedwick. 

Sedwick, 12, climbed a cement tower back in September and jumped to her death.

Vosburg, 30, spent the last 13 days behind bars but not in connection to the bullying case.  She's facing aggravated child abuse charges.

"Yes," responded Vosburg when asked if she was happy to be out of jail.  "[It was] not good."

ABC Action News was the only station to have cameras rolling as the mother of four walked out of Polk County central booking around 8:30 p.m.

"Can't be around my kids," Vosburg said while crying.

In an exclusive interview with ABC Action News, Vosburg said a judge ordered her to not have any contact with her children upon her release.  She said she is not sure for how long and will have to stay with a relative until her case is resolved.

Sheriff Grady Judd arrested Vosburg for the contents of a video that appeared on Facebook.  Judd said the video shows Vosburg beating her children.

We asked Vosburg about the video and she offered a brief explanation.

"That was me, but I don't do that to my kids," she said.

Vosburg said she feels the Sheriff has targeted her since her stepdaughter's arrest and Sedwick's death gained national attention.

"I don't do that to my kids.  I love my kids dearly," she explained.

Vosburg told us that 'justice is bad' in Polk County.  She added that despite what the video shows, she is a good parent and reiterated that bullying does not take place in her household. 

She feels Sheriff Judd was wrong when he told the nation the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

"Other people do a lot of things wrong and they act like I am a monster to my kids but I am not," Vosburg said.

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