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Criminal Charges Dropped Against Two Girls Accused Of Cyber Bullying Girl To Death

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Two girls accused of bullying a fellow student so bad it drove her to take her life.  They no longer face any criminal charges.  ABC's Larry Jacobs has more on what's next for the two girls.

There will be no jail time for a 12 year old--and her 14 year old friend.  Accused of tormenting a classmate so relentlessly--it drove her to suicide.  The Florida State Attorney saying Wednesday that all charges have been dropped.

The two have been accused of cyberbullying Rebecca Sedwick so cruelly, posting comments urging her to "drink bleach and die" and that she "should kill herself."  On September 9th, the 12-year-old climbed a silo tower at an abandoned plant--and jumped to her death.

The case drew national attention after an outraged Polk County Sheriff showed mugshots of the juveniles--saying they displayed absolutely no remorse for Sedwick's death.

"We could have gone to court with it but would that have been in the best interest of the children.  As a result, we see that the children are going to get the services that they need," said Grady Judd, Polk County Sheriff. 

The younger girl's attorney defended his client.

"I don't think that Rebecca's death had anything to do with the conduct of my client," said Jose Baez, Defense Attorney.

But says that girl, in fact, was a victim, herself.

"We plan on getting her extensive counseling because she had issues of her own.  She had been bullied on her own," said Baez.

Judd says ultimately he's pleased with the outcome, that the two juveniles will get help, but…

"Let's don't lose focus that we have a 12 year old child that's dead.  That child was tormented.  That child was harassed.  That child was beat up.  There's a victim," said Judd.

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