Nightly News   |  October 15, 2013

Two girls charged in connection with 12-year-old’s suicide

In September, Rebecca Sedwick, 12, dumped to her death after enduring a year of ugly taunts and messages. Two girls have been charged as juveniles with felony aggravated stalking after police say they maliciously harassed Rebecca. NBC’s Rehema Ellis reports.

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>>> this cyber bullying ended in a suicide. the victim, a 12-year-old girl who simply reached her limit, our report tonight from nbc's rehema ellis.

>> reporter: florida police say that 12-year-old rebecca sedwick simply couldn't take it anymore, after a year of on-line messages, including drink bleach and die, last month rebecca killed herself, jumping from the top of an abandoned cement plant.

>> we lost sleep over that child dying needlessly. and we want to see things change.

>> reporter: today, a stunning development.

>> we had these wonderful photographs of our two new felons.

>> reporter: we're not showing their faces. they're only 12 and 14 years old, charged as juveniles with felony aggravated stalking in connection with rebecca 's suicide.

>> she should be here. she should be here to see justice getting served.

>> reporter: rebecca 's mother says after both school and police officials failed to stop the bullying, she moved her daughter to another school. but rebecca still had her cell phone, and the bullying continued.

>> the difference with cyber bullying is that it is etched in stone that people can access the history of it, can review it, rewind it, read it. and it makes it much more painful for the child reading it.

>> reporter: legal experts this is the first time somebody as young as 12 has been charged in a case like this. and that could pose a challenge for the prosecutors.

>> this is for all intents and purposes, somebody that is a child who may not understand the significance of that sort of cruelty.

>> reporter: tonight, from sheriff brady judd, a father of two and grandfather of nine children, a stern warning to parents.

>> watch what your children do on line. pay attention. quit being their best friend and be their best parent. that is important.

>> reporter: tonight, as the community tries to heal, the investigation into rebecca sedwick's death continues, rehema ellis, nbc news, new york.