St. Petersburg, FL - A Florida mother is facing child abuse charges after being accused of choking a teen who was allegedly cyber-bullying her daughter on Facebook. The incident was caught on mall surveillance video.
Debbie Piscitella, 46, is the mother of 13-year-old MacKenna. According to Piscitella, MacKenna has been the focus of a relentless stream of Facebook comments being made by a 14-year-old classmate named Jon on a shared page.
“The boy tells my daughter that she is a fat f*****g whale and didn’t deserve to live because she is so nasty that he wouldn’t even rape her,” Piscitella explained. Piscitella added that another Facebook comment by Jon talked about the 13-year-old performing oral sex, reading, “Tell her to keep s*king d*ck.”
Piscitella maintains that the comments were affecting her daughter emotionally.
“She wanted to kill herself,” said Piscitella. “She doesn’t want to go do anything. She doesn’t want to go out. She doesn’t even want to go to her dance.”
The situation reportedly came to a head when Piscitella – a married mother-of-two who is studying to be a nurse – was with MacKenna at Tyrone Square Mall on Memorial Day. While they were shopping, MacKenna pointed out Jon to her mother. Piscitella approached him.
“I told him to stop saying those things about my daughter, and he kept walking and ignoring me. I just snapped.” Piscitella said.
St. Petersburg Police say Piscitella grabbed Jon by the backpack and began choking him. The incident was caught on mall surveillance video. The video has not been released.
When the teen got home, his mother, Keysha Tipton, 38, called police after seeing marks on his neck. A short time later, Piscetella was arrested at her home for child abuse and taken into custody.
“I’m pretty disgusted by it,” said Tipton. “A grown woman attacking a 14-year-old is just inexcusable to me. As an adult you know better.”
Tipton has acknowledged that she has not seen the comments her son posted about MacKenna because they ‘had already been deleted by the time she found out about it.’
Child abuse is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.Tags: Child Abuse, Cyber-bullying, Debbie Piscitella. Florida, facebook