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Video captures one young child beating another in Tampa

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

In these days of "Facebook" and "YouTube" videos can go viral almost immediately. That's what happened after a young Tampa girl beat another one at the Osbourne Landing apartments while being egged by others, including her older sister.

The disturbing video has been viewed thousands of times since being posted on Facebook. First it shows a seven-year-old Tampa girl knocking a six-year-old girl off an air conditioning unit. Then the seven-year-old's sister who is 14 can be heard in the background, encouraging the fight.

A woman in Georgia contacted Tampa police after seeing the video online. Major Brian Dugan with Tampa police said, "I think anybody that would see this would be shocked... The behavior of the seven-year-old and the 14-year-old to encourage this it's wrong."

In fact, the two little girls are friends, even regularly spending the night at each others apartment.

The father of the seven-year-old girl said he was also appalled when he saw the video.

Andrentae Felton said, "I was pissed off I couldn't watch no more, especially when I heard the child say leave me alone, stop, stop, stop."

Felton says, he immediately punished his seven-year-old daughter, and is still upset at his 14-year-old stepdaughter for her actions.

"I am disappointed in her she made a mistake I can't hold it against her... but to me she made a big mistake to the point I am still mad at her," added Felton.

Felton went on to say he hopes his daughters have learned a lesson.

"That won't happen again, you can believe that, you can believe that won't happen again, and I apologize to the parent, it just happens it is a messed up situation." stressed Felton.

The six-year-old's mother said she doesn't plan to press charges. Tampa police say they don't know who posted the video on Facebook, but they are trying to get it taken down.

"We have reached out to Facebook and asked them to remove the video. We're working with them to see if they can accomplish that," said Major Dugan.

The case has been handed over to the state attorney's office, to decide if they want to prosecute the teenager. The teenage girl does not have a criminal past, and police say she may go through counseling or a diversion program.

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