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Mother allegedly beats up girl’s rival

Published: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 9:15 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles mother has been charged with going to a fight between her 12-year-old daughter and a schoolmate and beating the second girl, authorities said Wednesday.

The incident was captured on a cellphone video.

Amber Lee Gutierrez, 33, of the San Pedro section is facing a charge of felony assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury after she was arrested by police in connection with the Jan. 14 fight in an alley.

Gutierrez’s daughter and another student at Dana Middle School had allegedly agreed to fight in the alley near their school. But Gutierrez, according to prosecutors, accompanied her child to the alley and then became involved in the conflict. The incident was recorded by an onlooker, according to prosecutors.

In the video the mother can be seen delivering blows to the child.

The incident left the child with a possible broken arm. During the conflict adults present yelled expletives and allegedly yelled a racial slur at the African-American child, the victim reported to police.

Gutierrez faces a possible maximum state prison term of seven years if convicted. Prosecutors say no juvenile case had been presented at this time, but the Los Angeles Police Department investigation is continuing.

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