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Ill. mother pleads not guilty in taped fight

by ljackson

KMOV.com

Posted on April 17, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 3:06 PM

URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- A Champaign mother has pleaded not guilty to urging her 15-year-old daughter to fight another girl in a confrontation later posted on YouTube.
Dawn Morris was charged Friday in an Urbana court with one count of contributing to the criminal delinquency of a juvenile. The 37-year-old woman is jailed on $50,000 bond. Her next court date is May 26.
Police arrested Morris Thursday after school officials called them about the video of the fight.
Police say a tape of the fight recorded by someone using a cell phone camera allegedly showed Morris urging her daughter to fight another 15-year-old in a park near their high school.
Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz says the girls are each charged with one count of aggravated battery.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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